I have a voice: Twittering whispers to myself

I added an app to my iPod Touch called “Dragon Dictation.” It’s free so at least I know I didn’t overpay. This app converts speech to text. So now I can talk to my iPod (which feels a little weird), have my voice converted to text, then easily send that text as a tweet.

The other night I was at a restaurant and decided to take it for a spin. Let’s see how it did.

Tweet: Hey Twitter this is my voice converted to text. How exciting

Analysis: Not too shabby. That’s what I said, although I’m pretty sure I implied a period at the end of the sentence.

Tweet: Hi text max’s voice tweet from a rest salon marvel at my greatness

Analysis: This is so mangled I can’t remember my exact words. But I do know that “rest salon” was supposed to be “restaurant.”

Tweet: There’s a guy here at the restaurant with the laptop will ask for his e-mail address so I can tweet

Analysis: This one is almost decipherable. It was actually: “There’s a guy here at the restaurant with a laptop. I will ask for his e-mail address so I can tweet him.” I was feeling pretty damn high tech and social at the time.

Test: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog

Nailed it.

Test: Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country

Nailed it again.

Tweet: I sure hope you’ll enjoy the best tweets to you by dragon dictation. Peace out

Analysis: This was the end of my test. It think it was “you’ve enjoyed” but I’m not sure.

Conclusion: The app worked fairly well. I noticed that it works by recording audio then processing it. The longer you talk, the more you record, and the longer the processing time. It was a bit annoying it didn’t keep up in real time.

Overall, I recommend this app at the price of free. It’s a good value for making your tweets look like they came from someone with English as a second language and/or an elementary school dropout.

9 responses

  1. This sounds like a great tool for late night drunk texting people

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    1. Great minds, eh? I was wondering how it would work when drunk. I can’t wait to find out. Shouldn’t be too long, now…

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  2. Thanks! I was looking for something like this.

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  3. I’m all over this! Google voice and whoever the hell else came out with a speech to text app (free) recently got me all excited and then angry.

    Apparently, when locals request for me to SPELL what I’m trying to say, it’s not just them. I mean, yeah. I have a lisp. It’s NOT THAT BAD. And yeah, I have a hybrid accent but COME ON. It can’t be that bad. And yes, I’ve tried speaking slower and enunciating. It’s not like I tried to sound bad. Anyway, I downloaded it and I’ll experiment soon.

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    1. Let me know how it goes…I, too, have a problem with people understanding me. I blame it on them being stupid but I could be wrong. Okay…going back into my hole now.

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      1. What I find odd is that even though I’m so damn unbelievably hilarious, I often don’t get the humor of others. I’m puzzled by this phenomenon.

        Of course, the simplest explanation is usually the correct one. You might be right. I might just be stupid.

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    2. The other day I had to give an automated computer on the phone an account number and, for the first time in my life, it actually worked and on the first try.

      Perhaps someday we really will have computers we can talk to like that did on Star Trek.

      “Computer, reduce illumination by 250 milli-candles. Resume playback, Britney Spears, Hit Me Baby One More Time. Tea, Earl Gray, hot. Scratch back, a little lower and to the left.”

      Let us know how your experiment goes!

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  4. Slick! Good cover for the fact you’re now talking to yourself OUT LOUD.

    Did Mrs. Abyss suggest the download?

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    1. For some strange reason, unless I’m bitching about something, it is extremely weird to hear myself speak.

      Good guess, but no. The Mrs. is threatening to smash my new true love, I mean the iPod. I fondle it all day long. And yes, there’s an app for that!

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