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  • Look Mom, No Hands! Dragon Dictation's Text-to-Speech App Rolls Out


    There's a lot of talk this week about a new app that serves as the iPhone edition of the popular Dragon NaturallySpeaking software. With a lot of iPhone/iTouch users in agreement that Dragon is a top-shelf provider of text-to-speech technology, it's no wonder that Dragon Dictation has become such a hot commodity only hours after its release.

    If the name sounds familiar, it should be. Dragon Naturally Speaking also powers MacSpeech, an impressive and invaluable text-to-speech tool that can prove a magnificent convenience and aid to many, but especially those with special physical needs.

    From 9to5Mac:

    Dragon Dictation for iPhone allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages, with the company claiming this is up to 5 times faster than typing on the keyboard.
    Dragon Dictation, which is both free and now readily available for download from the ModMyi app store, is particularly popular in light of its ability to enable users to update their Facebook status and Twitter account using only their voice to do so. Whether it's a text or a full-blown email, Dragon Dictation lets you do it hands-free.

    On a personal note, I think what's most cool about the app is how well it works even in a somewhat noisy environment. Granted, if you're attending a symphony or a Lady Gaga concert Dragon Dictation can't be expected to work with incredible accuracy, but even the errors logged are simple to correct.

    Announcing the App, Michael Thompson, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Nuance Mobile said: I'm thrilled to announce the availability of Dragon Dictation on the iPhone. What a cool application! In fact, I'm dictating this entire blog directly into my iPhone.


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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Look Mom, No Hands! Dragon Dictation's Text-to-Speech App Rolls Out started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 51 Comments
    1. andygev35's Avatar
      andygev35 -
      ^^ I'm not so sure the servers are prepared for Limey accents.... (Ok, I'll apologize to the British now... I just couldn't resist :-D)
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      It's kinda cool. I wish it would integrated into messaging and email instead of copy and paste.
    1. clikzip's Avatar
      clikzip -
      Its not too bad, alot of reports as people said about it sending your contacts to their server. Although their saying they dont store the actual contact info just the names to make their speech recognition of names more accurate. Sounds like big brother to me, why would they need contact names for speech recognition?
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by iMagnifique View Post
      What if you open a temporary US itunes account?
      Doesn't everyone already have one?

      Quote Originally Posted by andygev35 View Post
      ^^ I'm not so sure the servers are prepared for Limey accents.... (Ok, I'll apologize to the British now... I just couldn't resist :-D)
      It does seem to struggle with mine....
    1. EnergyUK's Avatar
      EnergyUK -
      Quote Originally Posted by clikzip View Post
      Its not too bad, alot of reports as people said about it sending your contacts to their server. Although their saying they dont store the actual contact info just the names to make their speech recognition of names more accurate. Sounds like big brother to me, why would they need contact names for speech recognition?
      have you read the thread? - it says multiple times, the contact names and companies (nothing else) are sent to the server so if you start talking about a complex name or company in your dictation, it can have a good guess what you're on about!
    1. Villy29's Avatar
      Villy29 -
      So where is this available to download onto the iPhone?
    1. iMagnifique's Avatar
      iMagnifique -
      What I mean to say is those of you who don't live in the US could open an account from US. Obviously you need a relatives or your own address etc (with permission of course [:P]). That is what I did and managed to download it.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      What's with all the idiots discussing US vs. UK iTunes App Store and asking where to download it when it CLEARLY states that it's available from the MMi repo on Cydia? See? That means you need to jailbreak your phones, people! Duh. AFAIK, there are no regional restrictions in the Cydia store (apps are a different story) and it certainly has nothing to do with having a US iTunes account or not.

      Quote Originally Posted by reanimationxp View Post
      I can't believe nobody's said this..

      CHANGE THE TITLE OF THE ARTICLE.

      This is speech-to-text, not text-to-speech. Nobody here knows the difference? /facepalm



      sigh.. again, this is a SPEECH TO TEXT app. Everyone has that retarded person in their contact list named Roqueisha, spelled some idiotic way.

      They need to know this so when you say "ro-kee-sha" it doesn't type in Rokeesha or some other variant. Not that hard to understand people, this isn't a national crisis.
      WAAAAAY late, I know, but that's precisely what I came here to say.

      Speech recognition/Voice Dictation != Speech Synthesis/TTS.

      FWIW, my Bluetooth Parrot SK4000 helmet kit does both. I know the difference and yet I still sometimes mix 'em up and say what I don't mean when discussing it.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Before calling people idiots, might it not be an idea to actually click on the link you so thoughtfully quoted? The one that takes you to MMi's description of the App that is available in the App store (US store only).

      Just a thought.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      I did click on the link. I just never see or use the "Get it on iTunes" and "App Store" graphics because I expect such information to be available in the text instead/as well and, once identified, I go to the source on my phone directly. I obviously haven't tried to yet (recently swapped out my 3GS, haven't JB'd yet because I was expecting iPhone OS 4 / iOS4 to be released today.

      The correct answer to my question was "They aren't idiots. The author of this article is. Yes, we already established that with the TTS!=SS gaffe, but he's a double idiot for suggesting that it was available for free 'from' the ModMyi App store."

      ... to which I would have replied: Thanks!

      Instead, I had to go back and open mutiple failing-to-load tabs on a website buckling under WWDC traffic. Ah well. Thanks anyway.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      This is now available in the UK App store.