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Speech Recognition (SR) software
(Click on the image to see it
recognition was how I started in the field, back in
At that time, all that was available was discrete (one
'utterance' at a
time, must pause between utterances), speaker-dependent
provide a consistent sample of each utterance)
it actually worked pretty well, even with the old Apple
II's. In fact,
this is how Dragon Dictate (to a great extent) worked.
Unfortunately, Dragon Dictate was discontinued once Dragon
purchased by ScanSoft.com.
The big selling SR package these days is NaturallySpeaking,
program for those that speak in 'typical' and continuous
are *not* the types of users I typically run across.
actually do better speaking the 'old' way, discretely.
is so different from 'typical' that they get very poor
from SR engines that are looking for typical speakers.
that Dragon had over what I'm proposing, was the inclusion
of a 40,000
vocabulary, already set up. And it even had
of different types of users. As one used the product,
user's voice even more and accurary increased.
made a nice
program *for Windows only* that works with discrete
utterances and is
There is *no* vocabulary already set up. I see three
1) Command: All commands that
require a mouse or keystrokes, can be accomplished by
I say "speaking", because the software is speaker-dependent,
someone, or some *thing* to provide samples of how he/she/it
say that utterance. Notice I include "thing" and "it"
can be an Augmentative Communication device. Yes, that
because it is so consistent.
starting points: Open, Save, Launch a program, Close,
moving up/down/left/right, Faster, Slower, Stop, Click,
Anything that needs be done by mouse or keyboard (or any
*any* software, can be set up within SpeakIt.
would be a kids CD, like Reader Rabbit Toddler. You
it with the mouse movement commands, or you can setup a
to move to a certain location and click. I,
personally, find that
of setup too time consuming (similar to the ClickIt
hot spots), but it will have its uses.
3) Limited dictation: As I
Dragon Dictate was the 'king' for dictation for non-typical
Naturally Speaking is the 'king' for typical speakers.
had extensive vocabulary built-in, and the latter has actual
Intelligence built into it. SpeakIt has neither.
*you* set up the vocabulary, and have the user train it, you
can set up
as well as command/control. That is, the utterance
the keystrokes "i" and "s", within any software. Or,
"heading" could yield the user's name, address, date, and
testers that *are* interested in creating these word
love to have them available to SpeakIt users someday.
work involved in creating the vocabulary, the down side is
must be trained individually. I believe Dragon Dictate
feature whereby one could speak an entire sentence and in
a bunch of words at the same time.
this page expires after 30 days of first use. I hope
and suggestions to me.
my Downloading notes
to learn more about
downloading, decoding, and decompressing)
- For those
of you getting errors running the Sound System
Setup Wizard, that
utility only serves to set the
input microphone volume/sensitivity. You can
set that manually
the above error happens. Usually, though,
it's not necessary.
of a Voice Command, and if the waveform is in the
of the black area, you're good. If the
waveform 'clips' at the
its range, then the input volume needs to be
decreased. If the
waveform is almost non-existent, then the volume
must be raised.
on volume speaker icon near time in taskbar.
Options in menu bar, then Properties.
Recording then OK.
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