Voice Recognition? Not So Much So, Yet.
Well, I picked up a headset microphone today, and started checking out the built in Voice Recognition application included in Windows 7. The good news is, the mike works. The bad news is, apparently I talk like I have a mouth full of half-chewed garbanzo beans! GAH.
Truthfully, I can’t say the application itself doesn’t work. It dutifully types like crazy while I’m dictating. And it works every bit as well as the closed captioning on my TV. That is to say, beautifully, unless your goal is to know what the people on TV are actually SAYING. An example? Okay. I said (or at least I THOUGHT I said) “I want to go tomorrow.” My computer typed, “I want to know your sorrow.” Houston, we have a problem.
There is a very helpful section on training your computer to “understand” your voice. Obviously, my computer needs lots more training. Perhaps some kind of PC treat for transcribing correctly would be in order? And maybe fewer threats along the line of, “That’s not what I said, you dumbass piece of crap! Get it right, or I’ll sit you on the floor and let the dachshunds have their way with you!” (That approach does NOT appear to be working.)
I guess it’s back to class for me and my electronics. I will keep you posted as this story develops.