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Voice recognition software -- better than any pill.

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MBAnderson

I posted about this 2 years ago, but feel it’s worth repeating. (My, how time flies when you're having fun.)

If I didn’t use this, my communication on the computer would be cut by 99%, (which some of you would probably prefer.) I would not trade this for any supplement.

In addition to dictating text, you can use it to search the web, send email, or whatever else you want to do. You can control the mouse pointer with your voice or the numeric keypad. I use the numeric keypad.

It can adopt to your particular accent and can adopt to your vocabulary. I have it read my outgoing emails and my HU posts so that it learns the medical jargon that I use.

However, I’ve been too lazy to fully exploit the program, so it doesn’t always recognize when it should use their or they’re or there or to or two or 2.

The company is Nuance and they sell several different versions each of the different price point. Dragon Home is $150. My recommendation is that you buy an auxiliary microphone because it will surely be better than the microphone that comes in your computer and it will make a difference.

If you’re a veteran, the VA will supply it free, plus training. If not, you can join the Army, spend a few years in Afghanistan and get it when you are discharged. (Be careful to stay away from Agent Orange.)

5 minute demo video

youtube.com/watch?v=zDMKK5W...

Marc

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Fantastic! I can still type, but my handwriting is horrendous. I often think about how lucky we are to live in this technological era. Dictation systems like yours, texting, email, cell phones, etc. provide so many alternative ways to communicate. Have a great day, Marc!

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MBAnderson in reply to jimcaster

Jim,

So right you are.

I wish I would've began using this when I was still working. It's so much easier and faster than typing.

I sometimes forget to turn off microphone when the wife walks in the room or I answer the phone and when I look back at the computer monitor, I see 3 pages of transcribed text. Ha.

So, we're back in MN now. Let's meet for coffee again this summer, eh? Sounds like you've got a great formula going for yourself.

Marc

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bepo in reply to MBAnderson

hilarious!

Thanks for that. It’s amazing what it can do. I’ll show it to my hubby. It certainly is difficult for him to type now and so like you said he’s cutting off communication with others.

Oh blow it, I’ve missed getting a free one...the army won’t accept me now! 😂

Ha.

Thank you Marc !... a welcome eye opener...

MarcP

Great tip! One thing to add...always proofread! I use speech texting frequently and a few times I hit send and it was super embarrassing!! 😖 🤓

Indeed it makes some very entertaining mistakes, but best not sent out

Marc,

Absolutely amazing. Dragon Software - I used it probably a decade ago . . . it was pretty good. Now its a bit of a mind blower.

Frank

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MBAnderson in reply to FMundo

Hi Frank,

It is impressive. The thing is smarter than me.

I keep watching for your progress/status reports from the Nilotinib trial you're in. So, how's it going?

I'm still 'doing it yourself' (since November 1, 2016.)

Marc

PS. Have the doctors providing your supervision figured out how to do an EKG differently, so that it works for PWP? The people at the Minneapolis VA know how to do it, the people at the West Palm Beach VA don't have a clue.

My husband got the Dragon Speak. Unfortunately, his speech and swallowing was affected and he had essential tremors, so typing became impossible. The program could not understand him well enough and there were too many mistakes to correct. It only frustrated him that much more. He was an IT manager and in computers for 30 years. I'm happy for you all that can make it work for you as I'm sure it is a great aid if you can get it to work for you. Great to know that the VA can assist.

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MBAnderson in reply to cflloyd

I know what you mean about the impaired voice. The VA provided me with voice therapy which helped. I have to focus on annunciation and talking louder and slower.

The auxiliary microphone actually made a difference. Did he try that?

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cflloyd in reply to MBAnderson

The VA did give him a voice enhancer, but not for the computer. He gave up on the Dragon Speak. He had speech therapy and swallow therapy as well. He is no longer with us here on earth.

Keep on keeping on. My prayers are with you all.

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MBAnderson in reply to cflloyd

I'm sorry for your loss.

We're leaving for Afghanistan tomorrow! :)

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MBAnderson in reply to bepo

why?

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bepo in reply to MBAnderson

jus messn' witcha'

quote: "If you’re a veteran, the VA will supply it free, plus training. If not, you can join the Army, spend a few years in Afghanistan and get it when you are discharged. (Be careful to stay away from Agent Orange.)"

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MBAnderson in reply to bepo

ha

@mbanderson, what did I tell you?😂😩

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MBAnderson in reply to pdpatient

good call

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