When will voice recognition wordprocessing get popular again? Or are we too distracted for it to work?

Posted on Feb 5, 2014

I remember 10-15 years ago when it was very popular to use voice recognition wordprocessing software, but it never quite worked. It was the quick way of getting something down, when all you had to do was speak into a microphone and your computer would type it all out. At the time it sounded like a great idea, allowing the user to be more efficient with their time, by speeding up the time they could “write”.

Nowadays, people use their computers in a range of environments. Not just in a designated room in their house, as it was back then. The ambient sounds around would surely cause a problem for the computer to recognise what was being said, and what was just background noise from a TV for example.

I began to think about this after seeing a demonstration of the Xbox 1/ kinects voice recognition commands. And also also after observing myself seeking background noise when listening to a video online. Although I was trying to focus on this video, I also played a song on youtube at the same time, to create some ambient noise. It felt natural to me to try and do two things at once, and not be completely, 100% focused on one thing at a time.

[to be continued]