If you’ve ever wanted to use speech recognition to create documents or to see how productive you might be with using a service like that, you might want to check out Google Docs. As of yesterday, February 26, Google Docs now has dictation, by way of their “Voice Typing” future they been using on all their mobile devices.
As a long-time user of Dragon NaturallySpeaking, I can say that the speech recognition from Google is very impressive. Unlike Nuances Dragon NaturallySpeaking, there’s absolutely no training required to start using the voice typing; the service just automagically works.
I’ve been using Google’s speech recognition for very long time with android and I’m a big proponent of using speech recognition services whenever possible. Google has been investing in speech recognition for very long time and the level of improvement they’ve had over the past couple of years has been incredible.
Google’s speech recognition is all cloud-based. Any dictation that’s done through Google docs is sent to the Google data center for transcription and then the text is returned and pasted into the document. This means that virtually any client station can use Google docs with the power of speech recognition.
The power of Google’s speech recognition comes from their use of understanding the context in which the words are being used. If you’ve ever used Google’s speech recognition you can watch the recognition engine think about what you have just said and what you are talking about. In addition to that, Google keeps up with current events so the recognition engine is going to the referencing current places, news events and products.
As you’ll notice in the video, not only are you able to use speech recognition and dictate the content directly into the document, you’re able to format and make corrections using speech recognition. Having the ability to format and make corrections is something that Google hasn’t offered historically. It’s a huge improvement.
In comparison to Nuance’s speech recognition for Mac and PC, those applications have to be installed locally and are not dynamically driven by Nuances data centers. Not to mention there’s a substantial investment in that software. by using speech recognition inside Google docs, there’s no fee and you get a very good example of how speech recognition might work for you.
I have to admit that if Google were to release a speech recognition application for the Mac or PC that worked outside of the browser, or standalone version, I would be very interested in using it.
Have you tried Google Docs speech recognition, Voice Typing?