Vista Speech Recognition for Quadraplegic Person

By rwbyshe ·
I have a quadreplegic friend that I do tech support for. All he can control in his life is his head and the cursor on his laptop.

He currently uses expensive software and an infrared projector/receiver to move his cursor and execute actions on his laptop. He has to type an email, etc. one letter at a time which involves lots of head movements and it takes him a long time to compose just a short msg.

My question is this:

Are any of you familiar with the "Speech Recognition" software built into Vista and is it worth trying to set it up for him to make it easier for him to communicate with others.

OR... should I just look for a Speech Recognition software pkg out there on the retail market. If you know of a pkg that is priced reasonably I'd love to know about it.

I don't want to get him into the Vista speech recognition if it's going to be a hassel for him to learn and operate, so any info you have on it would be great also.

Thanks to all for any info and help you can provide.

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by Jbencsik In reply to Vista Speech Recognition ...

Try the Dragon Speech Recognition software from Nuance. Think it costs around $100.

When I was working at a local high school a few years back we installed it in a lab for some challenged kids. It seemed to work nearly flawlessly, though I didn't play all that much with it.

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I have to agree with the above poster

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Vista Speech Recognition ...

The Basic stuff in Vista is next to useless. It's OK for a Novelity but anything more it;s pointless for.

Dragon's have had a lot of experience in the field and are the Market Leaders. I wouldn't bother with anything else.


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by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Vista Speech Recognition ...

a quadraplegic friend who prefers Vista's speech recognition software to Dragon's Naturally Speaking. She found it well worth her while, recently graduating with her Bachelor's in Social Work.

I don't know much about it, but I'd vote give it a shot.

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