voice recognition

How do I tell my bluetooth speaker to play music from my phone?

Harmon Kardon Invoke

Episode 1449

Joe from Kankakee, IL

Joe has a Harmon Kardon Bluetooth speaker and he is having trouble playing music from his phone. It pairs with it, but he can't figure out how to give it the command to play music. Leo says that he has the Harmon Kardon Invoke and it sounds great for $100, but it may not be made "aware." He'll have to go into his phone's Bluetooth settings. On the Amazon Echo, you have to tell it to connect to the phone and then pair it in the Bluetooth settings. So he may want to try that.

Why doesn't OK Google work on my phone?

Episode 1286

Alan from Brea, CA

Alan is having an issue with his new phone where he tries to use OK Google and he can only do it once, then it ignores him. Leo says that's an odd behavior. If he sees a wavy line, the phone is listening. But if it doesn't hear him to begin with, it may be a conflict between OK Google and Samsung's S Voice feature. Leo recommends going into settings to disable it or make it not active. It's likely that the Google Voice recognition and Samsung voice recognition are in conflict.

Why doesn't Cortana understand me in Windows 10?

Windows 10 Cortana

Episode 1209

Sharise from Lancaster, CA

Sharise's husband has Cortana on Windows 10, but it can't understand him. Leo says some microphones aren't Windows ready, and a special driver may be required for the microphone. They shouldn't be too far way from the microphone either. But they don't want to be too close, either. And make sure the volume isn't too high. They can train Cortana by reading sentences to it. That can be found in the settings. Cortana will get better over time.

Is there something better than Dragon Naturally Speaking?

Episode 1048

Bill from Jacksonville, FL

Bill uses Dragon Naturally Speaking. Leo says that Dragon is the king of speech to text and does a decent job transcribing what you say, but it's not perfect. Leo says that it'll get about 1 in 15 wrong, so he'll have to stop and correct it, which is kind of a speed bump. People with carpel tunnel use it all the time, though.

How can I suggest features to Dragon Naturally Speaking?

Episode 1036

Neil from Brea, CA

Neil has been using Dragon Naturally Speaking because he's visually impaired, but he would like to see them make improvements. Leo says that Nuance bought Naturally Speaking, and just about every other competitor. Because of their dominance, Leo doesn't think they really care what they can do to improve it. The best he can do is write them.

Voice translation of the English language is no easy task. Google is doing some serious work, as are others, especially in China. So it won't be long before Nuance gets left in the dust anyway.