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    Speech to Text: Tablet suggestions?

    We have a couple students that require speech to text. Is anyone using a tablet to do this? Speech to text into a word processor (even google drive) is what we're looking for. Any suggestions before I mindlessly start buying things? =)

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    We've found iOS better than android with this. iPads need wifi/3G to do it and decider the speech on Apple servers, where as you can download a speech recognition addon with android, and it's all done in the device.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrritableTech View Post
    We've found iOS better than Android with this.
    Don't you mean Android is better than iOS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Don't you mean Android is better than iOS?
    'fraid not. :-) Apple much more accurate and quicker. Your mileage may vary though - It could come down to accents, speed of speech etc.

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    If Chrome is not out of the question you could have a look at this thread:

    Link: Dictation - Online Speech Recognition [Google Chrome]

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveP View Post
    If Chrome is not out of the question you could have a look at this thread:

    Link: Dictation - Online Speech Recognition [Google Chrome]
    We are currently using this with our laptops, but a device that cuts out the copy/paste and tabbing over would save the kid some headaches.

    I didn't know that the ipad could sheech to text directly to a word processor or to google drive/docs. I'll check that out.

    Thanks folks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrritableTech View Post
    We've found iOS better than android with this. iPads need wifi/3G to do it and decider the speech on Apple servers, where as you can download a speech recognition addon with android, and it's all done in the device.
    Assuming the speech-to-text engine used is the same as for Siri, that's actually Nuance Communications' system and, if I remember the firewall exceptions I had to allow, servers. That's the makers of Dragon Dictate, so you can use the same engine on the PC and possibly Android.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrritableTech View Post
    'fraid not. :-) Apple much more accurate and quicker. Your mileage may vary though - it could come down to accents, speed of speech etc.
    I've found Google's speech recognition to be pretty accurate on my own smartphone, although it's not perfect by any means. Perhaps the personalization helps? On shared devices it might not be as good?

    Likewise, the "Enhanced Dictation" feature in OS X Mavericks was very good. I haven't tried iOS or Nuance's Swype + Dragon keyboard yet.

    Perhaps it's just me (quite possible ), but the way the second part of your post was written made it sound like you had iOS and Android the wrong way around - since Android can do the speech recognition offline it should be faster (at least in theory)?
    Last edited by Arthur; 13th May 2014 at 12:46 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    Assuming the speech-to-text engine used is the same as for Siri, that's actually Nuance Communications' system and, if I remember the firewall exceptions I had to allow, servers. That's the makers of Dragon Dictate, so you can use the same engine on the PC and possibly Android.
    And they make an app for the iPad, very good as well.

    https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/drag...341446764?mt=8

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Perhaps it's just me (quite possible ), but the way the second part of your post was written made it sound like you had iOS and Android the wrong way around - since Android can do the speech recognition offline it should be faster (at least in theory)?
    Sorry for the confusion. When I last tried it, I found the android tried to do it online (we had issues with our LEA and their firewall), eventually failed, then tried locally causing big delays. Even when taking the device home to avoid the filter, I found it slow.
    This was about 18 months ago now though.

    The dragon option looks good though. Only issue seems to be that you need to dictate into the app, then copy or send it to somewhere useful. iOS dictation can be used anywhere you can input text.
    Last edited by IrritableTech; 13th May 2014 at 09:54 AM.

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