A friend introduced me to the amazingly fast and accurate speech-to-text software called Dragon Naturally Speaking. As a frequent blogger I was smitten by this time-saving if not labor-saving wonder. I got a Dragon of my own, and have been training him to recognize my Delaware dialect for the better part of a week. He’s getting right snappy!
But I want to speak to him untethered from my computer. I want to be able to dictate on a walk through the park, or at 3 o’clock in the morning, prone. I’ve found a way. I dictate to my very portable Olympus LS-10 battery-operated digital recorder , save the sound file and feed it to my Dragon later, via a 3 foot length of 3.5 mm cable, stretched between the earphone port of the LS-10 to the mike-in port of my computer. I tell my Dragon “wake up! Start listening!”. And he does. Then I push the play button on my LS-10, the file plays, and in a few moments Dragon has made beautiful text of the meal.
Eureka! This works even with recordings from my old portable cassette recorder. If you have a smart cell phone with a recording app and an earphone port, you could use that like I’m using my LS-10.
I invite you to speak to your dragon untethered. Be free! A writer on the go, who speaks and makes words later.
Mark Twain confesses in his voluminous autobiography that he regrets not hiring a capable stenographer much earlier in his long career. He would have loved my Dragon!