The rise of Speech to Text programsDuring the early 2000’s, when the news of carpal tunnel syndrome began to make news, the topic of Speech to Text software began to get discussed quite a bit. One software in particular made news- Dragon Naturally Speaking. This was a Windows program where one could dictate and the software would convert the words to speech. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and its cousin, RSI (Repetetive Strain Injury) still exist, but technology has enabled more use cases for Speech to Text: I find it very convenient to use this tool to dictate my blog posts. In this post, I have published output from a couple of alternatives to otter.ai. Over the past few weeks, I have explored a few apps other than Otter.ai (which I use extensively and love!).The reasons for considering alternatives to Otter.ai are: a. It is always nice to be aware of alternatives to one’s SAAS of choice. b. Languages: otter provides transcription in English. For Hindi and Marathi, I have to explore options anyways. c. Otter does not offer the option to pay via Paypal and I was not keen on entering my credit card details. Note: as on October 2021, Otter have confirmed that I can pay via my Apply ID. I may act on it. Enter a plethora of apps: a. Dictanote b. Android speech to text converter c. iOs speech to text program
Are the speech to text programs any good?The proof is in the pudding. Below is the output from a couple of programs:
Notes by Amar Vyas, August 2021. This post has been updated in February 2022. You may like to read a realted post, Rise of Text to Speech Apps: Podcasters’ friend or foe?
Otter.ai on iOs using Hands freeRecorded while walking: so quite a few oops’es
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iOs keyboard mic, transcript by iosNote: one long paragraph, no breaks for sentences. But quite good quality output. Now let me see how good is the dictation that would be speech to text that comes out of the iOS device of course I am home now and I am using the default Apple or iOS dictation device and I have the hands free at the via Bluetooth hands-free text that I am using so this one does not have noise cancellation maybe later I may try it with a noise cancellation option but looks like much of the art capture and the conversion from speech to text is happening rather flawlessly which is an encouraging sign indeed.
This post was updated on 2021-08-12