A Primer For Setting Up Voice Recognition On Your Computer

Voice recognition is all the rage on mobile devices (particularly Android phones), but if you want similar hands-free action for your desktop, you've got plenty of options. Tech how-to blog Hack a Day's primer can get you started on any platform.

Speech recognition isn't new by any means, but a lot of people may not realise that Windows and OS X have built-in solutions, and Linux has a few tricks up its sleeves too. Hack a Day's post features basic setup instructions for getting started with voice recognition on all platforms.

Apart from built-in solutions, which are usable but have never been all that great, the post also highlights some of the more popular premium options, like Dragon Naturally Speaking. I've toyed with voice recognition plenty on my systems, but they've never really caught on for the way I work, but I am curious: anyone out there using voice recognition as a regular part of their desktop experience?

Get started with speech recognition [Hack a Day]


    I use Dragon naturally speaking for about 80% of my computing. For simply outputting text (writing an e-mail for example) it's quite efficient. For things like navigating around the desktop and applications, less so. There's a couple add-on pieces like vocola (free) and ShowNumbersPlus (about 40 bucks) that I consider to be essential.

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