If you have Windows Vista, you may be curious about the voice recognition feature. This article is being produced through the voice recognition feature, and it is a test run. I that have never used this Vista feature before, and only just finished the tutorial on the program. It seems straight-forward enough, and since I have arthritis and tendinitis and write for living, I figured I’d give it a shot.
At this point, I am fairly impressed with the Windows Vista voice recognition feature. I am impressed with its range of abilities, and will assume any strange words that pop up when the program misunderstands me are merely a product of so little time spent together thus far.
Windows Vista Voice Recognition: How Does It Work?
With voice recognition feature, I can open programs and Internet browsers literally without lifting a finger. From there, it gets a bit more complicated. It can be difficult to direct the program to open specific web pages, e-mail, and other common applications. The program often misunderstands words, which you then have to correct with additional voice commands or by giving in and using your mouse and keyboard, which are still fully functional.
Also, ambient noise can trigger odd words or commands. Even typing on the keyboard to correct an error can lead to new nonsense words that must be deleted. But still, it is possible to write the majority of one’s thoughts with the voice recognition system, and spend a short amount of time correcting errors either through the voice system or manually. It will still be more efficient than typing the entire document once you get the hang of it.
Corrections are rather easy to make, if a bit tedious. Say ‘undo’ to erase what you’ve just written or undo a command, say ‘file’ to open the file tab at the top of the screen, dictate emails or what ever document you wish. However, in the beginning you should be prepared for a certain level of frustration.
Windows Vista: Voice Recognition Accuracy Rates
To give an example of how screwy the program can be, I will leave the following two paragraphs without correcting any errors the Vista Voice Recognition program comes up with. The intended word or words will be in parenthesis.
I enjoy using the windows recognition program, however I’m sure it will take some time for my computer tool archive lights (*to learn my voice). I can see how this can save time, and spare my rest (*wrist) from a bit of pain. There are still some things that need to be entered manually, but a surprising about that’s (*amount of) what I say comes out correctly. I’m not sure I’d use the program every day based on what I’ve seen so far, however if it really leads (*learns) my voice enough to reduce errors by 50% I would consider using it on a daily basis.
Interestingly, what (*when) I do manually correct a Windows Vista Voice Recognition mistake, the taping (*tapping) of the keys seems to generate the words ‘but’ and ‘that’ on a regular basis. However, I am using the bike about (*microphone) built into my laptop. Perhaps with a headset microphone, my voice to be (*would be) more concentrated and more accurately typed out.
In conclusion, I can see how this program is a very useful tool for those who would rather dictate that type. Hopefully the kinks in the program I’ve noticed so far can be worked out and if that is the case I think I’ve found a great new tool to aid me in my writing.
Using Windows Vista Voice Recognition program