Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    Speech-to-text...just a novelty?

    Member Since
    Nov 02, 2012
    Posts
    377
    Specs:
    iMac 21.5" 2.5 i5 8G RAM OS X 10.10.3 (12C60)
    Speech-to-text...just a novelty?
    Does anyone else believe that the speech-to-text feature is essentially unusable? I've been playing around with it, and while it's fun to use, in practical terms, it has little value. When I dictate something, the errors are so egregious that I spend far more effort with corrections.
    I can see making something, such as a grocery list, where mistakes don't matter, but for a serious document it's unreliable.

    Does it 'learn' your speech patterns over time and become more usable?

  2. #2
    Speech-to-text...just a novelty?
    Raz0rEdge's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 17, 2009
    Location
    MA
    Posts
    8,179
    Specs:
    27" i7 iMac, 24" iMac, 13" Macbook Air, iPhone 5 & 5S, iPod Nano 7th Gen, iPad 2 16GB WiFi, iPad 3
    What are you using and yes with frequent use it gets very good. Back in my college days, nearly 15 years ago, I used an earlier version of Dragon to dictate all of my essays. I later edited it for style and so on, it was easier to just speak my stream of thought and format later.

    The first few times it was pretty bad, but by the 4th or 5th essay, it had gotten pretty good. By the time I finished college, it was just awesome..

    Secondly, for accessibility reasons, speech-to-text is very useful! While an able bodied person might think of it as a novelty, there are those that can only rely it to communicate..

    My friend had developed carpal tunnel during his college years and used Dragon for all of his medical writing. It took a whole to teach it all the words, but it learned.
    --
    Regards
    ...Ashwin



    Be sure to read the Community Guidelines | The more information you provide, the better answers you get, remember GIGO.

  3. #3
    Speech-to-text...just a novelty?
    chas_m's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 22, 2010
    Location
    Victoria, BC
    Posts
    18,932
    Specs:
    Mid-2012 MBP (16GB, 1TB HD), Monoprice 24-inch second monitor, iPhone 5s 32GB, iPad Air 2 64GB
    I don't suffer from Carpal Tunnel at all, but I use the dictation feature to handle all my email now. I type very quickly so I don't have to use dictation on the Mac all that much but on the iPad, it has completely changed how I handle messaging and email. I don't have serious issues with corrections, but I've learned to speak clearly and evenly and remember to say the punctuation.

  4. #4
    Speech-to-text...just a novelty?
    vansmith's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 19, 2008
    Location
    Toronto
    Posts
    19,387
    Specs:
    2012 13" MBP (2.5 i5, 8GB)
    Quote Originally Posted by Raz0rEdge View Post
    Secondly, for accessibility reasons, speech-to-text is very useful! While an able bodied person might think of it as a novelty, there are those that can only rely it to communicate..
    The educator in me wanted to point this out as well. Software that acts as a bridge between the written word and the spoken word (both ways) has tremendous potential and utility in assisting those with exceptionalities. While no software will ever be perfect, it does make the process of communicating ideas on a computer considerably easier for a not insignificant part of the population.
    Important Links: Community Guidelines : Use the reputation system if you've been helped.
    M-F Blog :: Write for the blog
    Writing a Quality Post

  5. #5
    Speech-to-text...just a novelty?
    CrimsonRequiem's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 24, 2008
    Posts
    6,004
    Specs:
    MBP 2.3 Ghz 4GB RAM 860 GB SSD, iMac 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 32GB RAM, Fusion Drive 1TB
    I use it when I need to quickly send a text message and my hands are not free. IE driving etc.
    死神はリンゴしか食べない。

  6. #6
    Speech-to-text...just a novelty?
    Raz0rEdge's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 17, 2009
    Location
    MA
    Posts
    8,179
    Specs:
    27" i7 iMac, 24" iMac, 13" Macbook Air, iPhone 5 & 5S, iPod Nano 7th Gen, iPad 2 16GB WiFi, iPad 3
    Another place that speech to text is really great is with translations. Putting my Star Trek cap on for a second, imagine a an universal translator that takes speech in one language and translates it into another, so it's speech to text and back to speech or just text for reading..

    Something like that is hardly a novelty..
    --
    Regards
    ...Ashwin



    Be sure to read the Community Guidelines | The more information you provide, the better answers you get, remember GIGO.

  7. #7
    Speech-to-text...just a novelty?
    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Location
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    Posts
    20,000
    Specs:
    iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.10.5
    When had a shoulder reconstruction and unable to type found Dragon the bees knees. It was recommended to me in the forums here.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Using text to speech
    By mamamarlin in forum iPhone Hardware and Accessories
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 05-31-2014, 05:51 PM
  2. Text to speech
    By firesidedog in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 03-02-2010, 11:10 PM
  3. Speech To Text
    By Teh_Derek in forum OS X - Apps and Games
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 10-23-2007, 06:50 PM
  4. Text to speech - Turn text into audio file
    By jimz in forum OS X - Apps and Games
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 07-19-2006, 08:36 PM
  5. Speech to text??
    By terpfan in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-05-2005, 05:57 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •