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Voice recognition software deserves another listen

Some corporate lawyers who write frequently should find voice recognition software to their liking (See my post of Aug. 26, 2005 on Dragon NaturallySpeaking.). I create the first draft of many of my posts by breathing fire into Nuance’s Dragon® Naturally Speaking® and have just upgraded to Version 9.0. The voice recognition software works quite accurately, especially when I dictate quotations. It is a product of Nuance Communications, based in Burlington, MA.

Another voice recognition vendor is Crescendo Systems. That program, built on the SpeechMagic™ technology of Philips, claims that it corrects or adapts to hesitations, non-speech and redundant phrases. In general, improvements in processing power of CPUs and improved software technology will keep honing the edge of this kind of software.

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  1. e-Speaking says:

    I think that voice and speech recognition software will transform the way we interact with computers. Instead of a one-way interaction (i.e., you typing and clicking information into the machine), the use of computers in the near future will involve two-way communication. It’s a higher level of interaction with the machine.
    I have a video demonstration on YouTube:

    As you can see, there’s a whole world of audible computing technology.
    I’ve been using my voice recognition software on an IBM Thinkpad 800MHz laptop that has only 256M ram and only a 20Gig HD. I use the Speech Engine from Microsoft.
    Very cool stuff…