I heard about Nuance, the makers of Dragon Speech Recognition Software, while listening to a Grammer Girl podcast, and I thought the concept of the product sounded very interesting. While the basic premise of what Dragon software offers is pretty straight forward, the long range benefits and uses for the product are tremendous. Before I get ahead of myself, let me begin by explaining what the product does. In a nutshell, Dragon Speech Recognition Software turns talk into type.
Since most people talk an average of 120 words per minute, but type much slower, an average of 40 words per minute, DSR software offers a fast and convenient method for boosting productivity. Through speech recognition, all a person needs to do is speak to their computer and they’ll be able to completely bypass typing on the keyboard, thereby saving precious time.
Imagine being able to control your PC, create and send email, letters, spreadsheets, etc. all with your voice and without the necessity of typing. How cool would it be to talk to your computer and write your manuscript without having to type it? I wear wrist guards on both hands because of constant wrist pain. I have to say, the notion of being able to give my hands a rest sounds pretty darn appealing.
“With speech recognition software from Nuance Communications, you can turn your voice into text three times faster than most people type. Just start talking, and the software will recognize your voice instantly, delivering up to 99% accuracy as soon as you get started. Accuracy will continually improve the more you use the software.” Nuance.com
Think about it, how much faster and more productive could you be if you could speak commands to your computer or just talk as opposed to typing everything? Just the time factor alone is amazing, not to mention the physical benefits of comfort and pain-free productivity.
Priced at $199, the software is fairly affordable. Although DSR software isn’t in my budget today, I’m definitely going to keep my eye on this product. How about you, do you think you would want voice recoginition software?