Voice Recognition Software Information:: speech recognition, Dragon NaturallySpeaking
Why Try Voice Recognition Software?
Voice recognition software can be very helpful in reducing the risk of repetitive strain injuries or in recovering from them. Voice recognition software is pretty much what it sounds like; it is a program to allow you to command your computer through speech. Its primary use is for dictation, but it can also be used to some extent for programming, navigating the Internet, and other functions.
Dragon Naturally Speaking by ScanSoft is the big player in voice recognition software. Microsoft has a voice recognition software program built into MS Office, but it does not stand up well to Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Dragon NaturallySpeaking comes in several different editions, growing more expensive with complexity. The preferred edition, i.e. Dragon NaturallySpeaking 7.0 Preferred Edition, is probably enough for most users.
How Good Is Voice Recognition Software?
Interpreting the human voice is very difficult (just think of how there/their/they're all sound the same, and you begin to get an idea why). Voice recognition software has come a long way in the last decade, but it is still far from perfect. With training, programs like Dragon NaturallySpeaking can learn to understand your voice and conversation style fairly well, but there will still be frustrating moments and errors. If you cannot reconcile yourself to that, voice recognition software might not be for you. However, if you have had or are having trouble with RSI or some other disability, voice recognition software can allow you to be more productive than would otherwise be possible.