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Voice Dictation Test

Posted on: October 22nd, 2011 by Bily Foster 1 Comment

Okay so now that I have an iPhone 4S, what do I do with my old iPhone 4? I have a tendency to keep picking it up and try to talk to it, however it just doesn’t respond. Then I remembered that DragonDictate is from some of the same people who wrote Siri, and they have an iPhone App. So I ran over to the App store downloaded my copy and installed it and loaded up.

And now here I am doing a test of DragonDictate versus the iPhone 4s’ Siri voice dictation engine. And as you see from the results below, they both work relatively well. I still have to work on my enunciation of some words as you can see.

 

iPhone 4
w/DragonDictate

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged great Civil War, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long indoor.

iPhone 4s
w/Siri

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged great Civil War, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long indoor.

 

Conclusion

All in all though I’m really impressed at the quality of the results the dictation provides. Both Siri and Dragon Dictate interpreted my voice the same.  So I suppose I could’ve been using Dragon Dictate this whole time, but it wasn’t until Siri and the voice commands that I really got me interested in using this technology.

So if you want some of the voice features but you are not qualified to upgrade to the iPhone 4s. You could hobble along using DragonDictate to get voice commands to get voice dictation to at least work .

I do have to say that using voice dictation is going to save my wrists from typing up my blog posts, obviously I can’t program using voice dictation (although if I really, really, really wanted to I suppose I could).

And now I’m curious how well DragonDictate on the computer works, I did have a coworker who relied on it a lot. And there were some typos that he didn’t ‘catch’ but that’s more proofreading and editing then it is a fault of the DragonDictate.

I mean even if you type and you don’t edit or proofread it could look like crap. But using voice dictation to get the information into the system so that you at least have a starting point, from there you can refine.  It feels almost like doing a doodle on paper, then scanning it into the computer and then finishing it on Photoshop.

Of course, if you work in a busy office with a lot of people around, using voice dictation may not be the best. But if you can get into a relatively quite room it may just the tool you need to get things written quickly, maybe even that book in your head.

As I think about the uses, I could use this to get the stories out of my head and into something tangible to work with as well. Again keeping in mind that, I’ll have to clean up the formatting and put in my paragraph marks and any punctuation I made of missed while I was rambling.

But it’s really interesting and I’m really excited about the possibilities and I’m just going to have to keep using this, testing it, and making it happen.

One drawback that Siri has versus DragonDictate. DragonDictate doesn’t require going to the server and I don’t have to worry about not having a connection to use DragonDictate. So if you are loving the voice dictation load it up as a backup for when everybody else is telling Siri how much they love her.

PS This post was dictated using Dragon Dictate with very few corrections