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The Case of the Listening Computer

Thursday, June 14th, 2012 by | Filed Under: Desktop Enhancement

Adil from India writes:

I wonder if there is a Free software program which will write as I speak into the microphone – like a dictaphone, but it writes instead of recording, so it can be edited. I have a lot of typing to do as my job entails preparing lot of documents, SOPs etc. Thanks in advance.

Hi, Adil, thanks for the great question!

Actually, you already HAVE free software that will dictate as you speak.  Did I just blow your mind?

For several of the last iterations, Windows has included ways to make their system more accessible for people with physical challenges.  In Windows XP and Vista these were called “Accessibility Options”.  In 7, the name has been changed to “Ease of Access”.  These assistants include different screen displays (such as high contrast themes), a screen magnifier, and a “narrator” that will tell you what’s happening on your screen. 

What we’re really interested in, though, is speech recognition.

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