The traditional devices – keyboard, mouse, and now touch – aren’t the only ways to provide input to your computer.
You can use one of the most natural interacting medium – voice. Windows provides a robust voice recognition system, using which you can perform everything that you have been doing using the traditional input devices.
This applet lets you customize the way this speech recognition system works.
The main page of the applet links you to several tutorials to train you and the computer for speech input and recognition, wizards to set up voice input devices, list of voice commands which you can give to the computer, advanced settings, etc.
Providing the main setup, this link acts as an aggregate to all the other settings that this applet provides. With this link, you can set up the initial environment to start using speech recognition.
It launches a wizard, which guides you through following steps.
You can set up your microphone position, as well as test your voice input through the microphone. This wizard includes the first two steps of “Start Speech Recognition” wizard.
This link is the tutorial part of the main setup. You can learn the basic commands that the voice recognition recognizes. Also, you can practice dictating to your computer in order to improve accuracy.
People have varying accents and pitch when they speak. The speech recognition can adapt to these variations in order to provide more accurate results. This link provides a training wizard for your computer.
Basically, you speak whatever the wizard asks you to, and the speech recognition will improve its interpretation according to your voice input.
This link provides you with all the commands that you may require to use the speech recognition. Like all other links, this is, too, a part of the main setup. You may want to take a print of the commands for future reference.
Besides providing wizards to set up speech recognition, this applet also gives you options to tweak the working of the system. The applet has two links on the left pane of the main page.
Here, you can specify the language that the Speech Recognition system should use, in order to interpret your voice phrases.
Also, you can create several speech profiles. A speech profile is what defines your voice accent, the surroundings in which you would usually use the speech recognition, etc.
The profile is helpful to your computer in adapting to your voice.
You can test your current microphone level. Further, you can customize or troubleshoot the settings of your voice input device(s).
Speech Recognition is not only about controlling your computer verbally; it can also read text and “speak” it for you.
You can select the gender, accent (British, American) and the speed with which the voice should speak the desired text. You can also test the selected voice there itself.
Besides that, you get to configure the audio output device(s).