Enhanced Voice Typing for Google Docs

Speaking this post.

February 24, 2016

I'm writing this post by speaking - not typing. It is really hard. 

I'm one of those people who doesn't know what I think until I write it down.  

In trying out this new enhanced Google Docs Voice typing feature, I'm realizing that for me writing is typing. Thinking is typing.

Do you also figure out what you think by writing? Do you think that you could ever move your writing to speaking?

Google's newly enhanced Voice typing feature seems pretty sweet (if you are use the Chrome browser).

The Voice accuracy seems to be great. I did not have to train the system to recognize my voice. 

Google has just rolled out new features that allow you to add punctuation and formatting. 

The way to access the Google Voice typing feature on Google Docs is to go into the Tools menu and click Voice typing.

What do we know about the quality of writing when someone dictates vs typing?

Is writing faster or slower using dictation as opposed to typing?

Do you think a feature like Google Voice typing will finally eliminate the tyranny of the keyboard? 

Does the ability to write by voice dictation mean that we will finally witness the substitution of mobile devices for laptops in digital learning?

Are we headed for a world where everyone talks to their devices? 

We are already talking to our iPhones with Siri, and other devices like Amazon's Echo.  Are our laptops next?

The rate-limiting step with mobile devices is screen size and data input, not processing power.  Voice-to-text on a mobile device is fine for tasks like tweeting or texting. So far, however, we are as tied to our keyboards as the earliest users of typewriters.  

Do you think we will ever get to a place where we write by speaking?

Go ahead and try out Google's newly enhanced Voice typing feature. Let us know what you think.



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