voice dictation

How can I do remote access via voice dictation?

Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

Episode 1233

Richard from Youngstown, OH

Richard is visually impaired and bought the iPhone 6s Plus. Richard's friend is hearing impaired and he wants to know if she could use her iPad as a kind of stop gap hearing aid or screen reader? Leo says that using dictation mode with Siri would do it. Google has a good voice dictation mode as well. But if he's talking about remote access via voice, that would be a challenge. But maybe Richard should learn to write apps and create it!

What's the best voice dictation app?

Dragon Naturally Speaking

Episode 1145

Dan from Indianapolis, IN

Dan would like a good voice dictation app. Leo says that Google, Microsoft, and Apple all have speech detection in its phones, and Google has it on Chrome OS too. So if he has a cell phone, he can do it, and it's about 90% accurate.

Nuance makes an app called Dragon Naturally Speaking, and it's really the best app out there for it. Yahoo Tech writer David Pogue uses it to write his indexes.

Is there a voice dictation app for entering contacts into a Windows phone?

Windows Phone Cortana

Episode 1124

Ed from Palmdale, CA

Ed has lost his eyesight and he needs to get a phone. Is there a utility that will record numbers into his phone by voice? Leo says that if Ed brings his old phone to the phone store, he can ask them to move his contacts into the new phone for him. Most phones have accessibility features, but Leo says that Apple does it best. But that's usually for calling.

For editing the contacts, that could be a challenge. Windows Phone's Cortana voice app is a brand new utility, so it may be able to edit entries with voice. It'll be a long process though.

Why won't voice dictation work with chat windows?

Episode 1069

John from Irvine, CA

John was using Microsoft's built in voice recognition to dictate in Word. He uses the Logitech G35 USB headset and it learned his voice fast. But it won't work at all with chat windows like Skype, or others. It just won't function at all. Leo says that some applications don't support it dictation. Leo suggests doing a test call on Skype to be sure he's getting a good connection. If he has a good connection and dictation still doesn't work in Skype chat, it may not be supported.

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.

Is there a spreadsheet program that would allow me to dictate entries by voice?

Episode 919

Dave from Montana

Dave collects postage stamps and he has thousands of entries that he wants to input using voice dictation. Windows and Mountain Lion on the Mac side both have dictation capabilities built-in. There's also stamp collection databases that might be better suited to his needs. If he wants that voice capability, Dragon Dictate may be a good option.