[Athen] voice to text recorders

Phillip Goodman goodman at eri-wi.org
Thu Mar 29 13:27:31 PDT 2007

It seems to me that any solution that comes close to being useable will
involve Dragon. No other program comes close to the accuracy though I have
heard the built in voice recognition in the new Windows Vista is pretty darn
good, but that doesn't seem to apply here. Even the University here in
Madison has taken to hiring transcribers that are aided by the use of Dragon
for the increased speed.

I have used Dragon for about 10 years due to injuries. I have tried using
Dragon in my office in more of a conversational way with clients who were
deaf. I don't sign and interpreters are sometimes hard to get when you want
them. For some reason the accuracy just wasn't as good even though I was
trying to be careful about how I was using my voice.

In the past I have posited that a student may approach the professor(s) and
ask if they would read the Dragon training (it is pretty short these days)
in to a recorder. Then the recorder could be placed close to where the
speaker is (wear it?) and you might get better results. I never have seen
that tried though.

I would be interested in hearing what you eventually go with and how it

Phillip A. Goodman B.S. OTR
Assistive Technology Consultant
Employment Resources, Inc.
4126 Lien Rd.
Madison, WI 53704
608-246-3444 ext.234
fax 608-246-3445


From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of pminyard at memphis.edu
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2007 8:11 AM
To: athen at athenpro.org
Subject: [Athen] voice to text recorders

Where does one find a digital recorder that converts voice to text? I've
never heard of one and would like to read the specs. The only method I've
heard of is running the voice recording through voice recognition software,
such as NaturallySpeaking.

Phillip Minyard
Disability Services Coordinator
Student Disability Services

University of Memphis
110 Wilder Tower
Memphis, TN 38152-3520
Voice 678-2880 - fax 678-3070

"Right is still right even if nobody's doing it.
And wrong is still wrong even if everybody's doing it."
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