When you look at the incredible pace of change in technology, one thing remains oblivious to what is happening around it…The Keyboard. Watch any movie that is set in the future and when computing is involved .. there it is… The Keyboard. Can we break away from it? Do we want to?
Is it because a keyboard is so flexible in the way commands can be given or that it is less easy to make a mistake when touching something physical? It may just be that there has been no really serious need to update the good old keyboard with something that is better and easier to use.
What are the alternatives?
I can only really think of one and that is our voice, technology cannot yet be wired to our thoughts and there are no other methods that I believe offer another way.
A couple of companies have been consistent in their ongoing commitment to enhance the voice as an alternative to the fingers. Nuance Communications who produce Dragon Naturally Speaking Software is one and the the only one who’s software I have used in the past. I used a version way back in the early days and found it was very difficult and time consuming to get it to work intuitively.
We are now onto version 10 and their suite promises:
* Turns your voice into text three times faster than most people type – with up to 99% accuracy
* Allows you to completely control your PC with your voice
* Automates complex workflows with voice commands
So does it work and what is the learning curve like?
Watch this space as we are about to find out and will update you with our results soon.
Post by Grahame