Break your finger and next thing you know you're chasing the Dragon ... Naturally Speaking of course

Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2013 - 02:15 PM |
Tagged: dragon, naturallyspeaking, voice

Thanks to a wee bicycle accident Geoff at The Tech Report had an opportunity to test out Dragon's newest Naturally Speaking program, the newest evolution of software initially conceived of by such greats as Kurzweil and Rucker.  This was after realizing that Android's voice recognition was not about to start recognizing the technical terms commonly used in online reviews.  While he found that the program felt slow in bringing up the words he was speaking and was a little cumbersome to use with Notepad ++, it is tightly integrated with Word and at no time did he have doubts about Dragon's claimed 99% accuracy.  Check it out and see if maybe it is time for you to dump the keyboard, mangled fingers or not.

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"In his latest blog post, TR's Geoff Gasior recounts how a broken finger drove him to speech recognition software. Dragon NaturallySpeaking lived up to its 99% accuracy claims, but not without some annoying quirks."

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Microsoft Releasing Kinect for Windows And SDK On February 1st, 2012

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2012 - 11:18 AM |
Tagged: xbox, windows, voice, software, PC, microsoft, kinect, gestures

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced at the Consumer Electronics Show that on February 1st, the new Kinect sensor for Windows would become available for purchase. In addition to the new Kinect for Windows sensor hardware, Microsoft is releasing an official SDk or Software Development Kit. Having the SDK installed on a Windows operating system will be required in order to use Kinect software applications. Currently, there are no (Microsoft official) consumer applications using Kinect; however, official hardware and an official SDK will surely spur software development.

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Microsoft is confident that the launch of the SDK and specially tuned hardware will spur development of software. According to MSNBC, the company is working with over 200 companies to develop software applications for Windows using Kinect. Microsoft's partners include Toyota, Mattel, American Express, and United Health Group. These corporate partners seem to indicate that initial Kinect applications will be designed for consumers to use in a business setting, say on a sales floor of car dealerships, at hospitals, or point of sale devices (maybe American Express is planning a "card swipe" application where holding the card up to the Kinect can be used to purchase items. Software for consumers to use at home is also likely in the pipeline and users will see them in the future.

Due to the Microsoft Kinect for Windows sensor not being subsidized by Xbox 360 games and accessories, the PC version is $100 more than the Xbox 360 version, and will retail for $250 USD. Amazon currently has the device (for pre-order) here for a whole penny less at $249.99.

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Source: MSNBC