Speech to Text
Speech to text or voice dictation software describes speech transcription technology that converts spoken word to text. It allows you to write articles, speeches, books, memos, emails and more with your voice.
Whereas virtual assistant apps respond to voice commands and complete predefined tasks, speech to text technology is specifically for the purpose of writing a spoken word or phrase.
Also known as dictation software, it may include assistive technology features for controlling your computer. It’s sometimes available as a mobile app or a desktop app and is compatible with multiple devices.
Speech recognition is an interdisciplinary subfield of computer science and computational linguistics that develops methodologies and technologies that enable the recognition and translation of spoken language into text by computers. It is also known as automatic speech recognition (ASR), computer speech recognition or speech to text (STT). It incorporates knowledge and research in the computer science, linguistics and computer engineering fields.
Some speech recognition systems require "training" (also called "enrollment") where an individual speaker reads text or isolated vocabulary into the system. The system analyzes the person's specific voice and uses it to fine-tune the recognition of that person's speech, resulting in increased accuracy. Systems that do not use training are called "speaker independent" systems. Systems that use training are called "speaker dependent".
Why Use Speech To Text Software
Dictation or speech to text transcription is far faster than typing.
I have the ability to type about five hundred to thousand words in 30 minutes if I know what I’m writing about. On the other hand, I can dictate up to three or four thousand words in 30 minutes.
Talk about workflow management and turnaround time!
With technology, you don’t need to invest in expensive screen reader software or pay hefty fees for english transcriptions. Artificial intelligence has enabled new dictation solutions.
With features such as mobile dictation and advanced speech recognition software, spending your days hunched over your keyboard typing away in Microsoft Word may be coming to an end.
Digital dictation software is not only a real time-saver, but it gives you the freedom of not being dependent on a keyboard to put words on paper.
Speech To Text Software Vs Transcription Services
Speech to text software is typically powered by machine learning and is automated.
A popular but more expensive option involves recording an audio file and sending it to a human or AI-powered transcription service. Examples include Rev and Otter.AI.