Speech-to-Text Software Test Take 2

by Meryl K Evans | Category: Meryl's Notes Blog, Tech 4 comments

When I had thumb surgery in 2008, I invested in voice recognition software to try to get work done. I spent most of the time fighting and correcting the Dragon Naturally Speaking. The one good thing that came out of the maddening experience was this funny speech-to-text software post.

Despite having little hope in software to help me while I recover from arm surgery, I figure it wouldn’t hurt to try the software that came with Windows 7. At least, I wasn’t throwing money away like I did with Dragon Naturally Speaking. Folks said that speech recognition apps had improved in the last few years.

Well, not in my case.

I completed the training tutorial and had a few shouting matches. My husband must’ve thought I went bonkers when he heard me yelling at the laptop.

I spoke slowly and put on my best speech forward. The crossed out text is what the software thinks I said. What I actually said appears in [brackets]. Here are the sound files of my dictating this letter: [original .wma] [converted .mp3]. Do I really sound like that?

Dear Voice Recognition Software, [During world recognition that when]

Next three [Let's see] how you do. Are you any better than one can not to write [Dragon Naturally] Speaking brown to the than eight [from 2008]? What are you dress adding [Or are you just as] temperamental?

Oon Caplan on my mother [I'm having ulnar nerve] (Aside: would you believe my maiden name is Kaplan?) decompression star Julie on [surgery] on my right arm on Tuesday, in king, to do a one to [December 18, 2012]. I don’t know how¬†number that were the people were [long it'll be before] I can type halfway do badly the end of period. [decently with two hands].

Nonetheless, I’m away from [grateful] that I have horrendous and a burned rest am a newcomer accident [two hands and a voice even though it's not the clearest one]. Thank you for less than 10 listening.

This [Best],

Navarro [Meryl]

I spent another 10 minutes trying to spell my name. “R” gave me the biggest fit. I knew it was my weakest letter, so I tried telling it “R and in rabbit. R as in read” It interpreted that as a, i, and y. Seriously — Navarro? Meryl? Na-va-ro? Meh-ril? Do they sound anything alike?

“Two” from “two hands” changed the paragraph heading to header 2: big, bold, light blue. It was a 10-minute battle of wills trying to fix the paragraph formatting and telling the app I wanted to write “two.”

I’ll be getting an upgraded smartphone soon with voice recognition capabilities. Wanna bet that Siri and I won’t get along?

What’s your experience with voice recognition software?

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4 comments

  • Posted by Avil Beckford on December 18th, 2012, 5:06 PM

    Meryl,

    I understand your frustration! Two years ago I spent $200 on Dragon and I abandoned it a long time ago. I tried once using the speech recognition on my android phone and gave up as well. Avil

  • Posted by Krysty on January 4th, 2013, 10:01 AM

    I had some success with Dragon, but I have only used the free version and it was maybe at 80%, but I was able to fill in the blanks. My husband has no luck with Siri, and I have a girlfriend who loves it – so who knows! There have been so many other improvements – speech-to-text should hopefully improve soon

  • Posted by Lori on February 6th, 2013, 7:16 AM

    I don’t know who I have to thank for it, but I use the free speech-to-text software that came with my Windows computer. It’s under Accessories/Ease of Access (or maybe Communications – I accidentally moved it at one point). Called Voice Recognition. It works okay. The hard part is getting used to it.

  • Posted by meryl on February 6th, 2013, 7:32 AM

    Avil, Krysty and Lori, thanks for sharing your experiences. Siri does a better job than Windows 7 — but not much better. I’ve said my name and my son’s name (Zachary) many times and Siri got it right once or twice.

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