Talk to the Page . . . NO I didn't say "Talk to the Hand" . .Talk to the Page!

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Real Estate Agent with West Michigan Real Estate Specialist-Five Star Real Estate

Genie in a Bottle

 

For those of us who are dedicated bloggers, we sit at the keyboard for hours.  By the time we’re done with our post, our hands are aching and our fingers are tingling.  Don’t you wish you could rub a magic lantern and ask the genie to make it so you could speak the words, and have them appear on the page?  But that’s only for fairy tales and fairy tales aren’t real . . .are they????

Did you know that almost everybody has speech recognition on their computer?  Right now, I am speaking these words instead of typing them.  My hand does not hurt—in fact, it isn’t even touching a keyboard. I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “how much does this cost, because in this economy I can’t afford anything”. Want to know how much it cost? It costs nothing.  Yes, you heard me right--- that’s $0.00, nadda, zilch!!

First ask yourself if you have Windows XP or Windows Vista. If you have either one of these,   voice recognition software is included.  All you have to do is set it up. You will need a microphone, but the one I’m using right now,  is just my web cam  microphone. It is by no means perfect, but for the most part, I would say it’s probably 90% accurate. The more you use the voice recognition software,  the more accurate it is.

 

The best thing about it, is that it’s easy to install.  First make sure all of your updates are done on your computer.  The rest I will show you how to do in this video below.

Note: If you have problems, see the bottom of this post--after the video.

 

 



 

To train the microphone, just click on tools on the language bar that should be on your screen somewhere.  You can move the language bar by moving the pointer to the left side and dragging it

If you are having problems with the language bar being greyed out when you go to Regional Language Options in the Control panel, you can call CCS Computers and they will help you for a small fee.  Unfortunately, most computer geeks can not figure it out.  Before you call, make SURE you have done all your Windows updates as that will sometimes solve it.

CCS Technologies  in Coopersville Michigan  is 616-997-8808 Ask for Karen  If you ever need reasonable computer repair, they are the cats meow!!

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Comments (28)

Tami Vroma
West Michigan Real Estate Specialist-Five Star Real Estate - Grand Haven, MI
Realtor, Grand Rapids MI Real Estate

Amy -I'm going to do something special for your mom.  Check out my posts later this afternoon.

Nov 22, 2008 04:57 AM
Tami Vroma
West Michigan Real Estate Specialist-Five Star Real Estate - Grand Haven, MI
Realtor, Grand Rapids MI Real Estate

Mike - Your posts are wonderful!!  Don't be surprised if your laptop microphone doesn't work.  The more clear the microphone the better the software works!

Nov 22, 2008 05:24 AM
Tami Vroma
West Michigan Real Estate Specialist-Five Star Real Estate - Grand Haven, MI
Realtor, Grand Rapids MI Real Estate

Don you crack me up!!  You are never ever to old for this technology or any other!!  Now go set it up cause it took way too long for you to type that one line . . LOL

Nov 22, 2008 05:26 AM
Tami Vroma
West Michigan Real Estate Specialist-Five Star Real Estate - Grand Haven, MI
Realtor, Grand Rapids MI Real Estate

C-Tann - THANK YOU FOR THE FEATURE.  I really think it will help a heck of a lot of people!!!  I wish I could get it to work in these little comment boxes though!!

Nov 22, 2008 05:28 AM
Tami Vroma
West Michigan Real Estate Specialist-Five Star Real Estate - Grand Haven, MI
Realtor, Grand Rapids MI Real Estate

Debbie - Actually it is the secret and it is soooooooo simple.  Just go to www.JingProject.com and it explains how to do it!!  Actually the voice recognition is trained to understand how you speak.  I spent about a half hour reading script to train it.  The more you use it the more accurate it gets.

Nov 22, 2008 05:30 AM
Kerry Lucasse
eXp Realty - Urban Nest Real Estate Group - Atlanta, GA
Your Urban Nest Atlanta Real Estate Consultant

I worked for a large company that produced voice recognition software for YEARS -- I can't believe I never thought of using it for my blogs.  Simply genius!

Nov 22, 2008 09:13 AM
Ella Glover
Lubbock Homes - Lubbock, TX

I am going to try this that for the tip!

Nov 22, 2008 09:47 AM
Maria Morton
Platinum Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

Tami, that is great information. I'll have to try it sometime when I'm in a quiet room.

Nov 22, 2008 12:23 PM
Tami Vroma
West Michigan Real Estate Specialist-Five Star Real Estate - Grand Haven, MI
Realtor, Grand Rapids MI Real Estate

Kerry--I knew that had to help a lot of people.  I have been using it for every blog I write.  I just wish I could make it work in these little comment boxes!!

Nov 22, 2008 12:42 PM
Tami Vroma
West Michigan Real Estate Specialist-Five Star Real Estate - Grand Haven, MI
Realtor, Grand Rapids MI Real Estate

Lubbock - Try it . . .you'll like it!!

 

Nov 22, 2008 12:42 PM
Tami Vroma
West Michigan Real Estate Specialist-Five Star Real Estate - Grand Haven, MI
Realtor, Grand Rapids MI Real Estate

Maria- It does take a quiet room - no doubt.

Nov 22, 2008 12:43 PM
Laura Watts
Positive Properties, LLC - Laurinburg, NC

Tami-Thanks for sharing. When I get a chance, I am going to check it out. I have windows XP, so I should be able to get it too.. Great Blog...

Nov 22, 2008 01:29 PM
Ann Hayden 636-399-7544
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri - Chesterfield, MO
SelectAnn.com

Tami,

Thank you for the info.  I will have to check this out.

Ann

Nov 22, 2008 01:49 PM
Robert Schwabe
EXP Realty - Orange Park, FL
Orange Park Real Estate

Tami - That's really cool. I was thinking about buying a program and also a mic for speech recognition. Now I just need to buy a mic.

Nov 22, 2008 01:57 PM
Tami Vroma
West Michigan Real Estate Specialist-Five Star Real Estate - Grand Haven, MI
Realtor, Grand Rapids MI Real Estate

Laura- You are so welcome - I knew many people probably didn't even know it was there--I sure didn't!

Nov 23, 2008 11:49 PM
Barb Szabo, CRS
RE/MAX Above & Beyond - Cleveland, OH
E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes

Tami, I didn't know this existed! Thanks for sharing..great for someone like me who has had carpal tunnel syndrome.

Nov 25, 2008 12:05 AM
Tony and Libby Kelly
Keller Williams Realty Portland Premiere - Lake Oswego, OR
CRS, ABR, ePro, SRES, CLHMS, CDPE

No way!  That is so cool!  I might just have to try that out.

Nov 25, 2008 06:10 AM
Tami Vroma
West Michigan Real Estate Specialist-Five Star Real Estate - Grand Haven, MI
Realtor, Grand Rapids MI Real Estate

Barb---That is exactly why I started asking around and found this!!

Nov 26, 2008 04:29 AM
Tami Vroma
West Michigan Real Estate Specialist-Five Star Real Estate - Grand Haven, MI
Realtor, Grand Rapids MI Real Estate

Tony - I love your comment . . I was pretty excited to!

Nov 26, 2008 04:30 AM
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

Hi Tami,what a great information with an excellent presentation here.Continue being a great example Grand Rapids Short Sale Agent.

May 23, 2012 07:30 PM