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Old 10-08-2013, 08:43 AM   #1
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On another thread..."Printer, Typrwriter, Handwrite?"...
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On the other hand I'm not even keyboarding this, I'm dictating it into my iPad's microphone and editing for punctuation...
Seems to me that this is a subject for a continuing thread about the way we interact and use the internet to augment our communications.

Dictating is my next project. Many years ago, I used an old version of "Dragon Naturally Speaking"... and spent hours training it to recognize my speech. This died, along with the computer I used to teach the program.

Recently, I began using Google Voice, as well as the extension "Select and Speak"... as a hedge to the time when arthritis, peripheral neuropathy, and other "old person" ills slow down the physical abilities. I am in total awe over the ability of Google to recognize my New England accent... and on the listening side from the extension "Select and Speak"... the incredible enunciation from the "female voice"... The liveliness and listenability of the artificial voice, is often better than that of the Librivox readers. After trying this extension with a few selections from Gutenburg, I do believe that many books are listenable.

Both programs are free, and integrated into Chrome. Now, the big challenge is to coordinate the brain to continuous speech, without the pauses, "ers", "ahs", "umms", and "darns".

So... who is using voice recognition, or "highlight and listen"? Is this a coming thing?, or a passing fancy?

I'm totally turned off from internet news that comes from UTube type video clips, and the associated 30 second pop up ads. Now... directing efforts towards seamless use of:
Voice
Select and Speak
and my favorite reading program...
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Wonderin'... who else is working on, or with, these changing types of communication?... and,... a passing fad, or a part of our online lifestyle?
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Old 10-08-2013, 09:08 AM   #2
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On another thread..."Printer, Typrwriter, Handwrite?"...
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Seems to me that this is a subject for a continuing thread about the way we interact and use the internet to augment our communication....
Good idea for a new thread

Disclaimer: that was the first time I have ever dictated anything (outside of an experiment with a grocery shopping list with my phone, which interpreted my spoken "get food" as "big boobs"). Ironically, I just noticed the little microphone icon on my ipad keyboard for the first time (not very observant) when I was responding to the previous thread and thought I would try it. It did work well but I can't see using it much.
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Recently I bought a Nexus 7 and have used the Android microphone for search as an alternative to typing on little glass keys.

Seems to do OK on simple word groupings but might stumble on technical words. Its a bit intimidating that this red glowing microphone icon comes up and expects me to say things just right.

Any tips on using this or other apps?
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"Big boobs" for "get food." Sounds like the same 13-year-old programmers who brought us Autocorrect, may also be coding speech interpretation software.

OTOH - I have several Blind colleagues at work, whose computers read their e-mail to them; and I haven't heard any funny stories connected with that.

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"Big boobs" for "get food." Sounds like the same 13-year-old programmers who brought us Autocorrect, may also be coding speech interpretation software.

OTOH - I have several Blind colleagues at work, whose computers read their e-mail to them; and I haven't heard any funny stories connected with that.

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I have used text-to-speech to read porn...

Speaking of changing communications, I learned flag semaphore while in the Boy Scouts.
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OTOH - I have several Blind colleagues at work, whose computers read their e-mail to them; and I haven't heard any funny stories connected with that.

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Technically, text-to-speech is trivial compared to speech recognition.

On a related note, I'm surprised at how poor spelling checkers are. At least the ones I use do not seem to be smart enough to look for adjacent key substitution. I'm constantly hitting ";" when I reach for "l" or for "'". Spelling checker sees ";" as a delimiter rather than a typo, and tries to check what it sees as word segments.

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The typo " isn;t " does not suggest " isn't ", it suggests things like " sin ", " is ". How hard would that be?

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