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Celebrating 20 years of Dragon speech recognition!

celebrating 20 years of Dragon

Dragon celebrates its 20th anniversary

Twenty years ago, Dragon NaturallySpeaking made its debut, and what began as an innovative computer software for converting speech to text has left an indelible mark on the technology industry – setting forth the next generation of voice-enabled applications, devices, cars, healthcare systems – and so much more.

 

On April 2, 1997 Dragon NaturallySpeaking was unveiled a groundbreaking solution that was light years ahead of speech technologies previously available. Dragon NaturallySpeaking was the first-ever continuous dictation product – capable of understanding about 100 words per minute. And while the product required training, the use of a headset and the need to be tethered to a desk, never-before had there been a software technology that allowed people to speak somewhat naturally and have their words appear right before them on a computer screen. Suddenly, the ability to speak to machines as we’ve seen in movies from Star Trek to the Jetsons was becoming a reality. Even Richard Dreyfuss volunteered to participate in the very first launch for sheer admiration of the technology.

Twenty years later, Dragon continues to transform the way people work and live. Proving to be an incredibly empowering accessibility technology for creating documents and commanding and controlling the computer itself, Dragon also quickly evolved into a consumer software must-have for just about anyone who wanted to get more done faster. Over time, Dragon has become faster and incredibly accurate, supporting multiple languages and with accuracy in the high 90th percentile.

Today, Dragon’s core speech recognition innovation is at the heart of so many solutions, including automotive, healthcare, enterprise customer care and a wide range of speech recognition capabilities for the rapidly emerging Internet of Things. The technology set forth an evolution where even twenty years ago it was thought to be the start of where you could use your voice to finally set your VCR correctly or tell your microwave to not burn your popcorn. For those of you born around the same time as Dragon – yes, we had microwaves, and no, we’re not misspelling DVR – which now thanks to our Smart Home and TV solutions inspired by Dragon you can actually talk to, and find virtually any movie from any genre.

Nuance’s Dragon Dictation and Dragon Go! Mobile applications brought speech and natural language understanding from embedded technology to the mobile cloud, and quickly proved to the consumer market that simply using your voice to send text messages, search the Web – even make dinner reservations – was just easier. And that sparked an evolution across a wide variety of mobile applications that are now considered must-haves for any mobile device.

A lot has happened over the last two decades. Now we’re talking to automotive assistants in our connected cars, virtual agents intelligently guide us through our banking transactionsvirtual assistants are assisting physicians in the most remarkable ways to give them back more time with their patients. It’s hard to think of a place where we can’t simply use our voice to get the most out of technology.

Today the promise of Dragon remains the same, inspired by ways in which the solution can make people work smarter and more productively. Dragon has moved from the PC to the Mac, to the cloud – and has evolved to deliver incredible time and money-saving values to the legal, financial, corporate enterprise and even law enforcement markets.

So, what do the next twenty years have in store? Nuance’s speech and language technologies will undoubtedly be at the heart of the world’s next generation of cognitive and conversational innovations that have moved beyond recognizing just the words we say, but understanding what we mean and responding in ways that in another twenty years, will become standard in how we engage the digital world around us.

This adapted article was originally posted by Mark Geremia and is copyrighted to Nuance

 

 

 

Increase productivity with technology

Can you increase productivity with technology?

You may be busy, but are you productive?
increase productivity with technology
From bouncing between meetings, drafting client emails to simply trying to find a few moments during the day to capture our own thoughts, we’re a busy workforce on the go. We’ve all come to rely on mobile devices and apps to help us navigate through our busy days. But, are we being as productive as possible? Or, is all this “busy work” running from meeting to meeting and trying to overcome document overload really getting in the way of productivity?

“I’m so busy…”

almost every professional in today’s fast-paced workplace can relate to this statement. Between higher-than-ever expectations on productivity, having to wear multiple hats, struggling to find work-life balance, and trying to check off the many to-do’s on our daily work list, are we really just “busy” without being productive?

Busy vs. productive

While many people believe they are productive at work, in all actuality they may be just really good at being “busy” – working longer and harder, but not necessarily making big dents in their ever-expanding workloads. In fact, a recent study showed that the majority of business leaders agree that productivity is a high priority for their business, however, nearly one in four (23%) said their company is less productive than it should be.

So, what truly makes a person productive at work? Generally speaking, they focus on their goals, are able to complete tasks and projects, and can draw upon all of their resources, both internal and external, to achieve them in an organized manner; simple, right? Not necessarily.

In actuality, there are only so many hours in the work day to get things done, and those who maximize their time through planning and the proper tools are ahead of the curve.

Nearly 270 years ago, Benjamin Franklin coined the phrase,

“Remember that time is money.”

This metaphor still holds true today, and remains a major tenant of good business. According to the 2016 Workforce Productivity Research Report, 76% of business leaders agree that productivity is a high priority, and 82% agree that it is one of the top indicators of financial success.  Thankfully, mobility in today’s work culture can bridge the divide between having less time at your desk and being more productive. Mobility means productivity can follow you from the office, to a client meeting, and the nearest Starbucks. You don’t stand still, and neither does work, and the power mobility brings means productivity wins out too.

Being able to make up for lost time between your desk and client meetings can deliver some serious productivity gains. But, we need the right tools to make us as productive as possible.

Increase productivity through technology

Technology can be our biggest bridge towards productivity. Take the cloud, for instance. Professionals who use cloud-based solutions can significantly improve efficiency, especially when working remotely, from the road, or as part of a team with members scattered across various regions. Cloud computing allows for easy collaboration between employees, since they can access relevant files and documents from wherever work takes them.

Solutions like Dropbox enable document sharing between teams of employees, who can easily read, edit, and share work. This not only saves time by mitigating the need to email different versions of documents back and forth, but also maintains version integrity; ensuring team members are working on the latest documents, thus creating a much more streamlined process.  In fact, Nuance’s Dragon Anywhere, a cloud-based, professional-grade mobile dictation tool, has recently integrated with Dropbox, so now Dragon Anywhere users can create documents accurately and quickly – in the moment on their mobile device, and then access their personal Dropbox account to share their work with colleagues.

Mobility truly works well when we combine it with solutions that not only enable dictation of notes and documents by voice via our smartphones and tablets, but also lets us effortlessly share our work with colleagues and clients from anywhere. This fosters an environment where productivity reigns supreme.

Productivity is truly attainable when independent tools work seamlessly together – allowing professionals to collaborate as a team no matter where they are.  Real-time access into documentation tools such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint all under one roof is important. And affording professionals the ability to create, edit, format and share documents directly from their mobile devices, frees us all up from a world that is no longer exclusively tethered to a keyboard and mouse.

This article is copyright Mark Jackson and originally appeared here

http://whatsnext.nuance.com/office-productivity/dragon-anywhere-dropbox-mobile-productivity/

Writers and voice recognition software: deadly enemies or best friends?

writers and voice recognition software

All you need to do is to dictate your work and as you speak, you will see your words appear in your document on the screen in front of you.

 

This article about writers and voice recognition software first appeared on Suzan St Maur’s How To Write Better resource website

If you regularly create documents using Microsoft Word or send and receive emails, you may have considered using voice recognition software, or may even have tried it in the past.

If this is so, you may have found that it wasn’t transcribing your speech accurately and was more trouble than it was worth.

However all this has now changed dramatically … and it is a genuine productivity tool. You will be surprised by how good it is now, and what you can do just by talking…

What was wrong with earlier voice recognition software

If I’m being honest, voice recognition software was very frustrating for users up until about 6-7 years ago. Everyone could see the potential, but it wasn’t quite good enough.

But of course technology is advancing all the time. And not only are computers more powerful, but also for voice recognition software, the speech engine driving the transcription of what you say is now more accurate and reliable.

In addition, the quality of the microphone and sound system that you use is also greater than in the past.

The latest versions are using technology called Deep Learning, which is a precursor to artificial intelligence, and it really gets to know how you talk!

Do writers feel naked when you take their keyboards away?

This is a different way of working in that most people are used to using a computer keyboard, and some find it difficult to adapt working without one.

I was talking to a client of mine recently who is now using voice recognition but was finding it difficult.

He said “I find it difficult to talk and think at the same time,” to which I replied, “but that’s what you’re doing now, just by speaking to me!”

In reality, many people find using a computer keyboard difficult initially and the average typing speed is 30-40 words per minute.

On the other hand, people learn to talk naturally from a young age and some people find it very easy to talk for long periods of time. (Note from Suze: even speaking very slowly, you’re likely to achieve at least 100 words per minute when you’re talking. Do the math.)

So, in practice, all you need to do is to dictate your work and as you speak, you will see your words appear in your document on the screen in front of you.

However, if for any reason the accuracy is low, this will lead to frustration and a vicious circle where you try to improve it but just make matters worse.

Although it might sound daft, there is a ‘proper’ way to speak to your computer to make it work well from the first five minutes.

So how do writers (and business folks who write) make friends with voice recognition software?

Windows computers provide a free version of voice recognition but by far and away the best and most well known of the applications is Dragon NaturallySpeaking, which has been around for 20 years or so.

It is now very accurate and as well as dictating text or emails, you can virtually control your computer using voice commands if you wish.

“This is extremely useful for people who have disabilities such as RSI, arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome because they no longer need to use either a keyboard or a mouse.”

It is also brilliant for people with dyslexia who often say to me, “I know what I want to say but cannot write it down – however I CAN talk about it.”

One feature that is not well known is the ability to ‘store’ frequently used text such as a standard paragraph and call it with a single voice command.

Another is the ability to create blog posts and other documents using your mobile phone or a digital recorder whilst working away from your office.

“I often use my phone to dictate something that will later go in a document, send this recording via Dropbox to my PC and have Dragon transcribe it when I am still out and about.”

There is then a Microsoft Word document waiting for me when I get back to my office.

Finally, you can quickly edit text within your document and define whether text should be formatted in bold or underlined, all with simple voice commands

Tip from Suze for voice recognition writing newbies:

If you’re concerned that you won’t be able to get your spoken words into a logical structure for a blog, article or other longer piece of writing, scribble down (or dictate!) a skeleton outline of what you want to say first. Bullet points are ideal. Then speak your way through those.  

How to improve office productivity

Legal professionals are turning to technology to manage work and increase billable hours when looking at how to improve office productivity

Today’s legal professionals face a number of demands. They’re expected to prioritise billable hours, bring in new business, and deliver great service to clients. As they work to get as much done as possible, one of the biggest obstacles is documentation. Whether it’s preparing a case file or brief or drafting a contract, documentation can take valuable time out of the day. Because of this, legal professionals are turning to technology to help them better manage their work day.

For legal professionals who work in law firms, both large and small, paperwork can be a major productivity drain. In fact, according to a recent survey, lawyers spend as much as 60% of their time on non-billable tasks — much of which is paperwork.

Legal practitioners have long relied on support staff or transcription services to keep up with documentation demands. Faced with shrinking support staff and growing cost-control measures, legal professionals are looking more to self-service solutions to drive efficiency. The right technology tools can help them work smarter and more productively, so that they can keep up with documentation without sacrificing billable work and client service.

Daunting as these issues may be, it means that legal documentation represents an area of opportunity where efficiency gains can deliver a big pay-off.

Speech recognition is becoming an increasingly popular tool in the legal productivity arsenal. This growing interest is due to the numerous documentation and productivity benefits that legal professionals experience. Speaking is up to three times faster than typing, and many lawyers prefer the conversational and more relatable tone that their writing can take on when they use speech, particularly those in smaller practices working with families and individuals.

The other part of the dictation and documentation equation is transcription. A self-service transcription tool for transcribing audio files, perhaps as part of a holistic speech recognition solution, saves legal professionals both time and money, further contributing to the focus on clients and billable hours.

The bottom line is that technology will continue to grow in importance as legal professionals optimise their work processes and find new ways to maximise their billable hours.

Neil Sleight, certified partner, Nuance

This article is copyright Nuance Communications

How to type quicker

Learning how to type quicker will save you so much time both at home and at work!

Using Dragon NaturallySpeaking voice recognition software will help you to work three times faster, and that’s a guarantee! The average typing speed is 30-40 words a minute; that means a total of about 60 words every 15 minutes.

Working three times faster, you can easily manage 1800 words in the same time!

 

Please complete the form in the right panel of this page for a no obligation consultation where you could find out how to Stop Typing, and Start Living!

You have nothing to lose but your time!

Will voice recognition software help me?

I’ve just seen a very interesting article which may help you to decide the answer to the question, “will voice recognition software help me?” You may have tried it in the past and found that it wasn’t very good, but I am so confident that this is no longer the case, that I will guarantee it at no cost to you if you don’t think it will help, following a short training session! I have quoted from the article here and included the link to the full text at the bottom of the page.

I’ve just helped a lawyer who charges £250 an hour and using voice recognition software he is saving at least one hour a day of his time. Let’s say that he works 45 weeks a year – this means a saving of  over £56,000! Time he can use for work that he is able to charge for directly!

Most people are now used to voice recognition on their phones, and now more are using it for work related tasks by speaking emails, court orders, reports, proposals, business letters, etc., capturing their thoughts, findings, and analyses either directly or on a digital recorder so that speech recognition software transcribes it later.

Paperwork is important. Police officers need to accurately document their incident and arrest reports, lawyers need to take detailed notes and prepare documents for court as part of defending their clients. Social service workers need to keep track of the details of their cases – sometimes it can make a significant difference in the life of a child or a family in need.

Despite it mattering so much, paperwork can be incredibly time-consuming and tedious, ultimately limiting our efforts in other vital areas of our jobs. Consider this recent American study, which revealed that administrative tasks like paperwork account for 35 percent of social service workers’ work weeks. I think it’s safe to say that these workers would like to have more than two-thirds of their time to dedicate to more meaningful case work, like interacting with actual people.

There are many benefits to simplifying and improving documentation processes: Saving time and money, better serving clients and customers, mitigating risks associated with industry compliance requirements, and generating new business, just to name a few. Voice recognition is now a genuine solution!

Not coincidentally, there are many benefits to using voice recognition for documentation: It’s faster and more accurate (speaking is up to three times faster than typing); it improves the overall quality of reporting; it allows you to capture thoughts and ideas while they are fresh in your mind; it increases productivity in the office and in the field; and it alleviates the pain and discomfort associated with using a mouse and keyboard for long hours – something that shouldn’t be underestimated, considering the annual collective cost of repetitive stress injury.

Speech as an enterprise solution is already being proven. The 2014 International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) revealed that 52 percent of law firms surveyed are now using voice recognition

I hope that this has helped to answer the question, “will voice recognition software help me?”. Please do get in touch to arrange a demonstration or if you have further questions. One last thing, I provide a free copy of the software with my training!

Link to full article… http://whatsnext.nuance.com/office-productivity/speech-recognition-for-enterprise-documentation/

Does Dragon NaturallySpeaking really work

Many people ask the question, “Does Dragon NaturallySpeaking really work?”

Have a quick look at the video demonstration below and see what you think! There is no way that I can type this quickly, so imagine the savings this can bring to your business or personal life! I recently helped a writer who was a bit reluctant to get started but has just told me that she completed a 2000 word document in half an hour with Dragon, as opposed to 2-3 hours with the keyboard. Time saved!

I myself type at 120 words a minute with my voice! This means that I can fill three sides of A4 in less than 12 minutes by dictating. Time saved! Saving time in this way allows me to concentrate on other areas of my business and also means that I don’t have to stay late at work, or work the weekend just to keep up. Time saved!

If you like the look of this, find out more here! There is no obligation and I provide a free copy of Dragon Premium for PC or Dragon Dictate v4 for Mac with my training, and  a guarantee that it will help you!

Does Dragon NaturallySpeaking really work? Yes it does!

 

 

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional

Will Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional make a difference for you?

This depends on the type of work that you do, but where Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional really wins over the Premium version is with the ability to create custom commands to really automate your workflow.

Typical tasks that can be automated include…

  • working with templates to substitute variable text, so I could easily change [this text] to [that text], navigating by voice
  • navigating to an often visited website with a single command
  • opening a Microsoft Word document with a single command
  • navigating around a lengthy Microsoft Word document using bookmarks as voice commands, instantly jumping from a heading on page 1 to page 15 and back again
  • reducing the use of the mouse and keyboard by creating custom commands to do this more easily by voice
  • automatic transcription of a voice recording from a remote location – by doing this you can have Dragon create a Microsoft Word document ready for you to check when you arrive back in the office!

These facilities are incredibly powerful and can help you save a lot of time with your computer work! They will also allow you to improve the service that you are able to offer to your clients.

If you feel that you are unable to create these commands yourself, I provide a training course to make this as easy as possible, or if you prefer, I also provide a service where I can write these commands for you!

How fast is Dragon?

Is Dragon faster than the world touch-typing record? This article attempts to answer the question, ‘how fast is Dragon?’

One of the claims that’s often made for Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech recognition is that you can talk faster than you can type.

This depends on the speaker and the typist, of course. Some tobacco auctioneers in the southern states of America have been clocked at up to 450 words per minute, although this is with a very limited vocabulary, consisting mainly of numbers.

Typing speeds vary considerably; somebody who has never been trained and may only use a few fingers to ‘pick and peck’, won’t be as quick as somebody who has been trained as a touch typist, using all fingers and not having to look at the keyboard to know where each key is.

A ‘pick and peck’ typist will probably only manage around 20 words per minute. Typical business typing speeds are around 40wpm, though professional career typists can exceed 100wpm, repeatedly. The world typing speed record is 212wpm, on an ergonomically designed Dvorak keyboard.

The Results

I average 120 words a minute, so I’m not as fast as the world record, but I am comfortably faster than a professional typist, and six times faster than a pick and peck typist!

At normal dictation rates you might only hit about 100wpm, but that’s still two and a half times the average typing rate.

Why is speed important?

Well, obviously, the faster you can create a document, the more you can do in a day. If typing isn’t one of your core skills, dictating is going to prove a lot quicker.

If you type at around 20wpm, a 1,000 word report is going to take you a minimum of 50 minutes. If you can speak it at, say, 100wpm, it’ll take around 10 minutes, giving you 50 minutes to do something else.

Accuracy

Dragon is now very accurate!!

As well as the ease of being able to speak what you want to write, you gain from not needing to correct spellings. Dragon uses a vocabulary of correctly spelt words, so you don’t have to worry whether its ‘conciet’ or ‘conceit’ or ‘seperate’ or ‘separate’. You may have to check the occasional ‘to’, ‘too’ or ‘two’, but in most cases the software will work this out from the context.

Depending on how much typing you do in a day, this kind of saving could be repeated again and again, so you could end up saving hours.

 What else can I use Dragon for?

It’s not just reports or articles you can save time on, as Dragon can be used with most popular email clients to create the 20 or 30 emails a typical office worker sends in a day. You can control formatting in Word too, by issuing commands as well as dictation within the program.

You can also use Dragon to give voice commands through Windows to online services such as Google. Even in the middle of dictation, it’s quite possible to speed research with commands such as ‘Search Google for paper suppliers in Birmingham’ or ‘Open top site for local weather forecast’.

This usually proves much quicker than opening your browser and typing a request into the search box.

This post is a summary of a recent article by Simon Williams, the full text is available here…

http://www.itproportal.com/2015/03/10/can-dragon-speech-recognition-beat-world-touch-typing-record/
 

The Productivity Workshop

Productivity Workshop,

to be run at the

Witney Business and Innovation Centre

(http://www.witney-bic.co.uk/how-to-find-us)

on April 10th from 9:30 – 12:30

I’m really excited to announce my first ever workshop, helping local businesses to improve their productivity!

Speakers…

  • Ian Adkins (Futures by Design) – How to have your best year ever with productivity increases to drive businesses.
  • Dylis Guyan – How to avoid the 3 biggest mistakes Business Owners make that keep sales stagnant and profits paralysed.
  • Neil Sleight (Talking Typist) – demonstrating and answering questions about the ultimate productivity tool.

Find out…

  1. How many opportunities you and your business could be missing out on due to a lock of productivity
  2. Top hints and tips on how to increase productivity in any business, so you can get more stuff done!
  3. Discover the ULTIMATE productivity tool that has revolutionised so many businesses, creating a MASSIVE impact on their bottom line

Tea and coffee is provided, with a buffet lunch and plenty of opportunities to network!

You can register for the productivity workshop by visiting the link below, but places are limited so please book now to avoid disappointment!

http://bit.ly/productivity-workshop

Productivity Workshop

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