Saturday, February 8, 2014

Talk you email, not write! Speech Recognition in Chrome

Do you know that you can use Google Chrome as free voice recognition software to write longer emails and documents without even installing anything on your Windows or Mac computer?

Dictation is a free web-based speech recognition application that will transcribe your voice into digital text using the Chrome Speech API. You can also install Dictation as a Chrome App.

How to Use?

Starting to use the Dictation app in Chrome is fast and easy. Just plug in the microphone to your computer, click the “Start Dictation” button (highlighted in yellow on the screenshot below) and watch as your spoken words are magically transformed into text.

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You can also use a few voice commands like:
  • Say “new sentence” to begin a new sentence. Dictation will automatically add a period to the previous sentence and capitalizes the first letter of your new sentence.
  • Say “new paragraph” to move the cursor to the next paragraph.
  • Say “stop listening” to exit the dictation mode. If you wish to resume recording, hit the “Start” button again.

If you make a mistake, or if Chrome makes an error while recognizing your speech, simple click the incorrect word and edit it manually. The entire notepad is editable as it uses the content editable attribute of HTML5.

The app is integrated with Dropbox and Google Drive so you can easily export you transcribed text to your cloud accounts. Or you can send the text to your email address.

Note that Dictation uses Chrome's Local Storage to save the transcriptions and thus you'll never lose your work.

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