Speech-to-text Translation

1. What is Speech to text translation?

Speech-to-text conversion is the process of converting spoken words into written words. This process is often referred to as speech recognition. Although these terms are almost synonymous, speech recognition is seldom used to describe the wider process of extracting meaning from speech, i.e. speech understanding.The definition of voice recognition should be taken into account, as it is often correlated with the process of identifying a person from his or her voice, i.e. the recognition of a speaker.

2. How does it work?

Two models depend on both speech-to-text systems: an acoustic model and a language model. Besides, large vocabulary systems use a pronunciation model. It is necessary to understand that there is no such thing as a universal speech recognizer. To get better transcription quality, all of these models can be trained for a given dialect, type of speech, language, application domain, and communication channel.

Like any other recognition technology, speech recognition cannot be error-free. The speech transcript accuracy is extremely dependent on the speaker, the environmental conditions, and most importantly the style of speech. Speech recognition is a much more difficult process than what people commonly think it out to be, even for a human being. Humans are used to understanding speech, not transcribing it, and only speech that is well expressed can be transcribed without uncertainty.

From the user's point of view, a speech-to-text system can be categorized based on its use: command and control, text dictation, audio document transcription, dialog system, etc. In terms of bandwidth, vocabulary size, memory constraints, and adaptive features, each user has unique requirements.


3. What are the eight best dictation tools to help you work faster?

1. Google Docs Voice Typing

The majority of writers use Google Docs every day so consider using Google's Voice Typing app if you want a free and efficient dictation tool. Not only does it allow you to type with your voice on Google Docs, but you can also use over 100 voice commands in almost every possible way to format and edit your document, such as bolding or italicizing text, creating bullet points, and moving your cursor to various sections of your document.

To use Voice Typing on Google Docs, all you have to do is click on “Tools” - “Voice Typing”, and grant Google access to your laptop’s microphone.

2. Dragon Professional Individual

Dragon Professional Individual allows you to do majority of your qoek without even touching the keyboard. By leveraging its Deep Learning technology that conforms to your specific jargon, voice, and work environment, you can create and edit documents with 99% accuracy, quickly and accurately transcribe recordings into text, and use voice commands to control your computer's actions on programs including web browsers, like creating a report or sending an email.

This software also works with iWork, Microsoft Office, and other business applications, so you can do hands-free work without leaving your favorite programs.

3. Braina Pro

Braina Pro is a lot more than a speech recognition software, it is a personal virtual assistant powered by artificial intelligence. Along with dictating over 100 languages, it can actually automate various computer tasks like set alarms, and reminders, play songs and videos, read eBooks out loud, give you updates on current events, search files on folders on your computer, serve as a dictionary and thesaurus, and more.

Braina Pro also supports most laptops’ built-in microphones and has a mobile app, letting you work headset free and away from your computer.

4. Speech notes

Speech notes are built on Google’s speech-recognition engines. It is an easy and clean, online dictation tool that helps users transcribe speech into text with over 90% accuracy. Considering you don’t have to install, download, or register for Speechnotes, it’s one of the most accessible dictation tools.

Speech notes are very user-friendly. It automatically capitalizes the beginning of your sentences, autosaves your documents, and lets you dictate and type at the same time. When you’ve completed dictating on Speechnotes, you can print and email your documents, export them to Google Drive, or download them onto your computer.

5. e-Speaking

Using Microsoft’s speech application program interface and net framework, e-Speaking allows you to use your voice to control your computer's actions, create your computer to read text out loud and dictate documents and emails. The software has 100 built-in commands, such as “open excel” or “open internet” or “open music player”. You can train certain words and add more commands on e-Speaking to take more control of your computer.

6. Voice Finger

Voice Finger is engineered for people with disabilities or injuries and is one of the fastest ways to control your mouse and keyboard without your hands. You can press the left, middle, or right buttons of your mouse using your voice, drag, and drop items on your screen and click on items repeatedly. You can also use commands to hold, type, and hit keys on your keyboard.

7. Apple Dictation

Apple devices have built-in dictation software that uses Siri’s servers to dictate up to 30 seconds of speech at a time while you're connected to the Internet. This voice-to-text method can help you dictate without any internet connection or time limits for Apple ages. With multiple voice commands, you can take control of your Mac’s actions, allowing you to type, edit, and format almost any type of document.

To enable Enhanced Dictation on your Mac,
Click on the Apple Menu > System Preferences > Keyboard > Dictation. Then, turn Dictation on and choose the Enhanced Dictation option.

8. Windows Speech Recognition

Windows, like Apple, also has built-in dictation tools. The key advantage of Windows Speech Recognition over Apple Dictation is that it enables any browser, software, or web application to dictate and manipulate text.

If you have Windows 10, you can also allow Microsoft's assistant, Cortana, to align your day by setting reminders, playing music, managing your calendar and email, and finding fast answers to any pressing or random questions you may have.

To set up Speech Recognition on your Windows computer-
Click on Programs > Accessories > Ease of Access > Windows Speech Recognition. Then, click on the Speech Recognition option.

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