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Very helpful technology for those with eye problems
on 21 September 2010
I have been suffering from a condition called strabismus for a number of years. This condition has made it increasingly difficult to use a computer for long periods of time due to eyestrain. This has become much worse in recent years following various bouts of surgery.
I have in the past, quite some time ago, tried voice recognition technology but at the time found it to be fairly inaccurate. Since then though my eyes become a lot weaker and I have been seriously considering finding a good voice recognition package.
I was therefore very interested to receive and try this package to see if the technology was now mature and could help make life easier for my eyes.
Firstly I'm pleased to say this was very easy to install to Windows 7 and I've had no stability issues. I'm very impressed with how well it integrates into Windows and just how easy it is to use. When you run the program it comes with a bar across the top of the screen which allows you to easily find and activate various functions. It also comes with a sidebar which assists greatly in helping you get the best out of the product and everything it can do.
The product can be used for voice recognition but also has text to voice to read text back to you and on top of that it can translate voice files to text and this premium edition of the product comes with a very handy digital voice recorder that can be used to record files whilst out and about that can then be translated by Dragon into text on your computer.
When first using the product it goes through a training process to help you understand your voice and help ensure that it is as accurate as possible in understanding and translating what you say. This initial training process only took about 15 min.
Following this I have found the product to be surprisingly accurate and very easy to use. Where it does get words wrong you can very easily tell it to "corect that" and tell it what the word should have been. This allows you to gradually train it to a very high degree of accuracy.
Alongside this accuracy it works impressively quickly and I'm finding that within a few hours of using it i'm able to speak at a quite natural pace and the technology can keep up with me, can translate fairly accurately and works very well indeed.
The files produced by the digital reader are not quite as accurate and I find a little more work is needed going through them and correcting them but it still reasonably accurate and very helpful to someone like me who can now use this rather than taking notes in various meetings and it will greatly speed up transcribing those notes following a meeting.
On top of everything I've said Dragon can also be used to control your computer to run programs to launch web browsers to kick-off searches for certain information all of this is in addition to its primary function as a voice to text product.
I'm pleased to say this is a highly featured very functional and impressive piece of software and as a sufferer of eye problems for a long time I will be getting extensive use of it and am very pleased to have it. This is definitely something that I would buy in future.