Samsung’s new P207 cell phone actually has voice recognition built in. It allows you to dictate text messages and email, rather than typing them in. This review makes it sound a little less than natural, though, with hard pauses and very deliberate speech required. Still, it beats the snot out of typing on a phone keypad, and makes it easier than to record thoughts on the run.
One thing I haven’t ever posted on here at Recording Thoughts is handwriting. I don’t know how I missed it, as it is clearly an aspect of recording thoughts.
I spotted this post on Possibly Deep Thoughts that talks (via another blog, Journalisimo) about Handywrite, a new handwriting system. Take a look – it’s a pretty involved system, and I have no doubt it makes good sense. Although, many of the characters seem complex enough to defy fast & casual formation with a pen, but to be honest I haven’t tried them.
What interests me most is the idea of taking on the project of actually learning a new system. I think learning to write a different language would be easier than learning to write one’s first language in a new system.
This interesting post on voice recognition on The Streeb-Greebling Diaries brings up something that always irritates me a little bit. Folks are always saying that until voice recognition gets past 99% to 99.9% accuracy it is not useful. I would agree that if you’re going to try to use it to replace a keyboard this is highly desireable, if unrealistic. I say unrealistic because how often do people even type with 99.9% accuracy?
Experiment: remove the backspace key from your keyboard, and see how long you can type before your finger crashes into the empty spot.
But even so, when used with a digital voice recorder for recording thoughts on the run, even at 75% accuracy it beats the pants off of manual transcription. Sure, what you get is not polished ad-copy, but to ensure you get your notes on paper in a complete way it works quite well. It’s also a lot easier to record thoughts this way while driving, or walking a trade show or conference, or just walking down the street.
Just so we’re clear, though, if they increase the accuracy, I won’t mind 😉 The rest of Streeb’s post, which covers recent advances in the voice recognition field is interesting and worth a look (along with the links to MIT and such).