We’ve all seen it in futuristic movies: People working on their computers using only their voice. It looks easy, hassle free and light years away from us, those in need to type and navigate their mouse many hours each day. Whether it’s for work, school or fun, most of us spend a lot of time in front of their computer and a large portion of this time engrossed in typing in using your mouse.
The alternative, talk to write software, is now a fully mature technology that allows you to work on your computer 3-5 times faster using your voice.
Myths about talk to write software
- I will have to speak very clearly and very slowly in order for the software to understand me so it won’t save time – false: you do not have to speak very slowly or go out of your way to annunciate the words in order for talk to write softwares to understand you correctly
- I’m not a native English speaker and I have an accident so talk to write software won’t work for me – false: some talk to write software study your accent and bill you your very own user profile in order to quickly identify the words you dictate
- I work with very specific vocabulary which I cannot teach to the software so what’s the point – false: you can teach talk to write software to identify new vocabulary
- talk to write software is expensive – false: while the leading solution today is the Dragon NaturallySpeaking software by Nuance, and it costs $99.00, there is free talk to write software that you can use
It sounds too good to be true, especially if your job requires you to do a lot of writing. But as long as you’re working in a relatively quiet environment, a simple USB microphone or a Bluetooth earpiece is all the gear you need to make the shift into typing (as well as performing various other tasks on your computer) with your voice.