How to talk to your computer for Mac & Windows
Yes! you can actually talk to your computer. With the evolution of laptops and PC's, technology is increasing at an alarming rate and now it is possible to talk to your computer and have it answer back.
By: Computer Repairs Tauranga
Apple has released the Mac OS X "Mountain Lion" with a dictation feature that comes with it, which brings a whole new world of possibilities for using the computer without having to type a thing. It's almost like a scene in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home when Scotty picks up a mouse and speaks to the computer.
This new dictation feature is simply AWESOME. I can simply talk to my computer, and it actually responds and understands what I'm saying. In fact, I have been using dictation now on the Mac for quite some time and find it invaluable. Now I am working primarily in a Windows environment, and wished I could use dictation on my work PC like I do on my personal Mac. In Windows 8.1 and ow the new windows 10 there is a new dictation feature that I recently discovered and am currently using. There is, however, a short setup process that you will have to do in order to enable this feature it to work effectively. Let me show you how you can enable it on your devices and use it to your advantage.
Enabling Dictation on Windows:
It's a simple process to set up dictation in Windows, although I've found it's not quite as accurate on a Mac. This may be just because I haven't yet taken the time to train it, which I'm sure will improve the speech-to-text accuracy.
Set It Up
In Windows 7
From the Start Menu click on Control Panel, then choose "Ease of Access" and then click on the "Speech Recognition feature."
In Windows 8 - 10
Press the (Windows Key) to bring up the Start Screen, then type the word "speech" and then select "Windows Speech Recognition"
Enabling Dictation on Mac:
In Mac OS X click on the Apple Logo at the top left corner of your screen and select System Preferences. Then click on "Dictation & Speech" from the bottom of the System Preferences. Set "Dictation:" to "On" and you're all good to go. Whenever you're ready to start dictating simply double tap the (fn) key in the bottom left of your keyboard to turn on speech recognition.
Enabling Dictation on Mobile Devices:
Siri is the system-wide dictation software engine for the iPhone and iPad, which means dictation is also accessible with other iOS apps on the phone, like Messages, Mail, and Facebook, to name just a few. You can also use Siri to access the web for you, or even ask questions. Siri can tell you the temperature if it's going to rain, storms in the area, etc. To activate Siri just press and hold the home button on your iOS device. To dictate directly in an app, just press the microphone icon next to the spacebar on the on-screen keyboard and your away!.
Enabling Cortana for Windows iPhones:
Cortana is the dictation engine for the Windows phone, which, in my opinion, is far better, than Siri. Cortana has the ability to determine your current location, and you can set "reminders" based on when you leave and when you arrive at certain places. The other cool feature about Cortana is that she is a character in the Halo series for Xbox! (pretty cool )Cortana is also going to be an integrated part of Windows 10, and you will have the ability to speak to your PC and Cortana will be your digital assistant. So the concept of talking to your computer like Scotty did in Star Trek is the future of computing… but you won't need to talk into the mouse!
Let's Wrap Thing Up:
Giving the fact that dictation on computers is not perfect. But fixing mistakes is much easier and faster than starting from scratch and hacking away on a keyboard. You might need to spend a little time training your computer to understand and get used to the sound of your voice. In fact, the windows dictation will require some training from the end-user to get dictation working efficiently. And you'll also have to remember to speak your punctuation, which can be a little weird – comma – at first – period will need to be entered. As a matter of fact, though, I "wrote" this whole blog post by dictating to my Mac, my iPhone, my iPad and my Windows 8.1 computer – all in Microsoft OneNote, a fantastic note-taking application that is pure multi-platform goodness. And that's pretty much how to get your computer to talk to you whether using a Mac, Windows and Mobile Phones.