The Adaptive Technology Lab has Dragon Naturally Speaking (DNS) on a
few computers, and we provide support to students who use it. Success is
highly dependent on the quality of the microphone, (get a USB mic, and a
more $$ kind) and voice ability. Accents such as the Boston accent, can
make recognition difficult. Generally speaking, most people can get 90
to 95% accuracy after just a few hours of training. (training in DNS is
as simple as picking a built in novel, and reading the words on the
screen- while the computer matches your voice to the words)
To see DNS in action, check this out:
Carol is right, they have good vendor support. It is the leading voice
recognition software on the PC platform. The "preferred" version is the
cheapest at $199. I usually recommend that people who "need" this
software in order to use a computer buy the professional version.
However, Office 2003 has great built in voice recognition as well. A co
worker in ACCESS uses that to 'type' up some letters/emails. For more
info on using the built in speech recognition in XP, see:
Hope this is a start, I can answer any other questions as they come up.
Adaptive Technology Lab Manager
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Roger Bombardier Jr. wrote:
> I have an associate who is considering purchasing Dragon Naturally
> Speaking software and wondered if anyone on the list has experience
> with this software?
> -Roger out.
> Roger Bombardier Jr.
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