Mac applications that let you enter sequences verbally?

Chris Boyd chrisb at hgu.mrc.ac.uk
Fri Jun 25 04:35:20 EST 1999

Andy Law (Andy.Law at bbsrc.ac.uk) wrote:

: Ashok wrote,

: > 
: > Joseph Strout wrote a small but neat application (gattaca) using 
: > his SimpleSpeechRecognition C++ module (SimpleSR) that makes
: > verbal sequence entry fairly fast and very accurate.  It was
: > just what we were looking for.

Not nearly as fast as typing, nor nearly as accurate.  I fail to see
how speech recognition can be an improvement over typing for this
simple application. In general, using speech recognition as the
user/computer interface might have short-term benefits, but will lead
to inefficiency in the long term unless there are concomitant quantum
leaps in operating system sophistication.

A little parable, possibly apocryphal, may be relevant here:

   During the heat of the space race in the 1960s, NASA decided it needed
   a ball point pen to write in the zero gravity confines of its space
   capsules.  After considerable research and development, the Astronaut
   Pen was developed at a cost of $US 1 million. The pen worked and also
   enjoyed some modest success as a novelty item back here on earth.  The
   Soviet Union, faced with the same problem, used a pencil.

(borrowed from a sig)

: Can you post a pointer to this program, please. It sounds like it could be
: useful to a lot of people.

If the future is a lab full of people nattering away to their computers,
include me out!

Best wishes,
Chris Boyd                      | from (but not \  MRC Human Genetics Unit
Christopher.Boyd at hgu.mrc.ac.uk  | on behalf of) /      Crewe Rd, Edinburgh
http://www.hgu.mrc.ac.uk/Users/Christopher.Boyd          EH4 2XU, SCOTLAND

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