[NTLK] Speech Recognition

From: Ryan Vetter <physicalconstants_at_yahoo.ca>
Date: Wed May 13 2009 - 18:06:23 EDT


I have been messing around with, and finally have started using speech recognition under OS X. In fact, I use MacSpeech as well. The built-in speech recognition in OS X is second to none in terms of accuracy and speed when it comes to speech recognition for things like opening and switching applications, navigating the web, and the like. MacSpeech allows for the Speech to text component: I cycle it from sleep to wake. For instance, when I use OS X's built in speech recognition, I put MacSpeech to sleep, and wake it when I want speech to text recognition. So far so good. I am really liking it, and find typing Emails now such a drag.

But speech only works in quiet environments, so it has its limits. I am working on getting a wireless USB headset to work with it so I can try to free myself at times from having to sit down at a computer. So far, with my testing, it is production ready. For instance, I have been creating, crafting, and sending Emails without touching the computer.

Now, to the Newton. It is really too bad that the Newton does not have voice recognition. I know Dragon Naturally Speaking had a Beta application for it, and I even installed it at one point. But it is limited and not really usable. So, wondering if anyone knows of anything out there for the Newton, and if any of you actually have become enamored with speech recognition under OS X.

All the best,


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