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Jon Udell’s Weblog has an interesting video demonstration of the new version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking.  Dragon is a speech recognition program that has long been one of the best at this complex task.  Capturing speech from a microphone and converting it to accurate text is a […]

Jon Udell’s Weblog has an interesting video demonstration of the new version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking.  Dragon is a speech recognition program that has long been one of the best at this complex task.  Capturing speech from a microphone and converting it to accurate text is a complex procedure and quite daunting in its scope.  Jon takes Dragon and puts it through an exercise of dictating a simple document into Word while demonstrating some of the key useability features of the program.  Of particular note Dragon has an auto punctuation mode which attempts to add punctuation based on the pauses in the dictation.  He mentions Dragon also gives the new user the option to have the program scan your email and documents to incorporate the individual writing style in the profile building.  Interesting demo and anyone who is curious about this technology should take a look.  I regularly use the speech recognition tools built into the Tablet OS 2005 but it definitely looks like Dragon would give it a run for the money.

  1. Hmmm…I dunno. I was keen to buy 7 a few months ago, but now that I’ve seen 8 in action, I’m not that impressed, especially after he turned auto-punctuate on. I think it would drive me nuts.

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  2. It looked to me like the computer he ran the demo on was pretty slow. I wonder how much of that lag was the computer and how much was the s/w.

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  3. Good point, and he did say that using WMP to capture everything (or however he did it) was having some impact. Still, if it’s the computer, my little Thinkpad X40 (1.2Ghz) would’nt know what hit it! :)

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  4. I forgot about the WMP setup. That will definitely affect performance. I wish they had a demo available as I’d like to try this new version. I already have a good headset to use.

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  5. The lags have to do with the processing. Context is used to sort out words, homynims and all that. Works pretty well. I don’t usually use it while dictating and will work well on a 1.2 ghz machine. Just be patient for the first little while so the program can “learn” your voice.

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