Category Archives: Speech Input

A Nice Take on Human-Machine Grammar

It’s nice to be appreciated. James Stout, who explores the state of speech input via his blog Hands-Free Coding, has a nice take on the Human-Machine Grammar system I worked…

Want Better Speech Input? Speed is Key

I periodically get questions about the best computer setup for speech input. And I always advocate going way above the minimum specs for speech, especially if you’re planning on using…

Software Needs to Focus

When you use a mouse or touch as input you automatically bring focus to everything you do. You’re literally pointing at what you want to do. And if the cursor…

Incremental Progress

For many years now, every new rev of speech recognition software has heralded increased accuracy rates: 15 percent more accurate or even 20 percent more accurate. But when accuracy is…

Speech Input: Back to the Future

Heads up, speech developers. Here’s a list of five key things speech input users need in order to help you. In the early days of desktop speech input, users had…

The Cost of Interruption

Most folks I know have complained about an autocorrect error at some point. There’s all kinds of potential for havoc when your smart phone transforms something you typed – perhaps…

Inclusive by Design

I had a great time at AccessU in Austin last week – it was full of informative talks and fine people. I especially enjoyed the session on the different ways…

Yearning to Speak Silently

Speech input has always had a major drawback – it’s not silent. It might be before too long, though. Not being able to speak silently doesn’t matter so much when…

Apple’s Next Move

I’ve been waiting for Apple’s next move in improving dictation in iOS for some time now. The speech recognition engine built into the Apple Mac and iOS operating systems work…

Mozilla’s DeepSpeech Project

Mozilla’s open source speech-to-text project has tremendous potential to improve speech input and make it much more widely available. It uses Google’s TensorFlow open source machine learning framework to implement…