Voice Recognition Systems

There are several types of voice recognition systems which are available for free or low cost. They use your voice as an alternative to typing.

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Google docs is not only a free and efficient word processing utility, but it also has a great text to speech feature. To access the voice recognition on the toolbar click on tools choose voice typing click on the picture of the microphone. If this is your first time it may ask if you wish to enable the microphone start talking. Your words should appear.

iPhone, iPad, & iPod Touch

Use Dictation on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. You can use dictation instead of your keyboard to enter text with many apps and features that use the keyboard. On iPhone 6s or later, and iPad, you can use dictation without being connected to the Internet.

MacBook Dictation

Dictate your messages and documents on Mac. With keyboard dictation, you can dictate text anywhere you can type it. Turn it on in the Dictation pane of Keyboard preferences to enable keyboard dictation—where your words are sent to Apple servers to be analyzed using the latest language data and converted into text in real-time. A feedback window gauges your speaking volume and provides basic dictation controls.

Windows Voice Recognition

Here are directions and guides for speech recognition on a Windows computer. Voice-recognition on Windows is free and with patience and training should meet the need for all academic writers.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking

Dragon NaturallySpeaking is one of the most popular voice-recognition systems and is available for both Macintosh and Windows systems. Dragon NaturallySpeaking is available in standard and preferred edition. The prices range from $150 to $300. The Dragon NaturallySpeaking standard edition is acceptable for most university coursework. Dragon NaturallySpeaking is free on Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch systems in the App Store.

Here are some very simple directions on how to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking. This was a training video designed especially for persons who attempted to train Dragon NaturallySpeaking but were unsuccessful. Some specific tips and strategies are presented by Dr. Dawson in the video.