Nuance Communications, the company behind the well-known Dragon NaturallySpeaking system, has announced an update to the software and an iPhone app designed to improve productivity on the go.
The application allows users to turn their iPod Touch, iPad or iPhone into a remote microphone which sends the user's voice back to their computer as they speak. From there, the computer will analyse what is said and translate it into text.
To use the app, users will need to own a copy of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 premium, which is a free upgrade for current users on version 11.
If users have a device without a microphone built in, for example an old iPod Touch, they can add an external device to enable dictation. They will also need to be on the same Wi-Fi network as the laptop with the NaturallySpeaking software installed.
The new version of the desktop software also offers the ability to post straight to Facebook or Twitter and surf the web, just by using voice commands.
The company also claims that it can reduce repetitive strain injury for business users and enable people with disabilities to get more out of their computers.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking starts at £80 for the software, rising to £150 for the premium version which includes the free iPhone app.
The 11.5 update is available from today via Nuance's web site and other retailers. The iOS app is free from the iTunes store.
From the demo V3.co.uk saw today, the iPhone app is certainly impressive. Even in a noisy room, the software was able to understand what was said, and turn it into text.
There were a few minor mistakes, but anyone who types will know that those aren't exactly limited to speech recognition software.
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