Getting the Most Out of Speech Recognition Software
Many people feel speech recognition isn't good enough for every day use, but several devotees couldn't live without it. If you're looking to start using speech recognition, here are some tips to make it more effective.
Speech recognition isn't perfect but you can achieve nearly 100% accuracy with a few tricks. For starters, replace the provided headset with a better one. The provided headset is normally a compromise on quality against price.
The most important thing to remember is, to always correct the software by your voice. When you type or use the keyboard, it doesn't learn.
We humans learn to understand language through repetition, so the software needs to learn that way as well.
You want to teach it to learn your natural speech patterns, so be patient, talk normally, and correct by voice when necessary.
Beginners to speech recognition software tend to speak loudly, or slowly, or in short bursts but speech-recognition apps are designed to transcribe normal speech. Think ahead so that you can utter complete sentences or phrases and then say it conversationally.
If you use Windows Vista or Windows 7, you already own an excellent, little-known dictation app. Windows Speech Recognition is not quite as accurate as Dragon NaturallySpeaking, and of course you have to supply your own microphone but it lets you dictate into any program.
Windows SR also has a great interactive tutorial, and it even lets you control menu commands and mouse clicks. It’s a great way to see how you might get along with speech recognition without spending any money.