Voice input and control
Make all functionality available via voice control.
Discussion by Disabilities
People who are blind may not be able to see text as they type, and thus can enter text more quickly and efficiently through a voice input system.
People who have very low vision may not be able to see text as they type, and thus can enter text more quickly and efficiently through a voice input system.
People with severe physical disabilities may have difficulty typing or pointing with a traditional keyboard and mouse. Voice input can be used instead to type much more efficiently.
This feature allows users with Cognitive, Language and Learning Disabilities in using speech to take notes, add comments or ask questions.
Please note that these products are not necessarily endorsed by RtF, but represent the range of available options.
Open Source and free
These products are free and their source code may be modified with few restrictions.
- Speech Dasher – U. of Cambridge
- SUITEKeys – College of Charleston, U. of Louisiana – Lafayette
- Speech-to-Text plugin - Wordpress.org
- Voice-to-Text Chrome Extension - SpeechTexter.com
Free, not necessarily open source
These products are free to use, but may have strict restrictions on viewing and modifying source code.
- e-Speaking – e-Speaking
- Windows Speech Recognition – Microsoft
- Speechnotes - SpeechLogger and TTS Reader
- Dictation.io - Digital Inspiration
Commercial, with free trial
These products are free to try for a limited period of time or with limited functionality. They must be purchased for full functionality.
Commercial, no free trial
These products must be purchased to be used, and did not offer free trials at the time of posting.
Related Research and Papers
- Mixed-initiative dialog management for speech-based interaction with graphical user interfaces – Löhr, A. and Brügge, B. (2008)
- A browser for a public-domain SpeechWeb – University of Windsor – Frost, R.A., Ma, X., and Shi, Y. (2007)
- The vocal joystick:: evaluation of voice-based cursor control techniques – University of Washington – Harada, S., Landay, J.A., Malkin, J., Li, X., and Bilmes, J.A. (2006)
- Support for input adaptability in the ICON toolkit – Dragicevic, P. and Fekete, J. (2004)
- Web engineering meets natural language processing: a vocal interface generation practice – Cidade Universitária, Brazil – Macedo, H., Robin, J., and Barros, R. (2005)
- CMU Sphinx Group Open Source Speech Recognition Engines – Carnegie Mellon
- Wireless technologies and accessibility for people with disabilities: Findings from a policy research instrument- Baker, Paul and Moon, Nathan W.(2010)
- Providing new access to the general curriculum: Universal design for learning- Hitchcock, Chuck ; Meyer, Anne ; Rose, David ; Jackson, Richard
- Universal processing system and methods for production of outputs accessible by people with disabilities-Said, Joseph P. and Schleppenback, David A.
- Using automatic speech recognition to enhance education for all students: Turning a vision into reality- Mike Wald(2005)
- Handheld device having speech-to text conversion functionality- Richard Nelson
- Design for older and disabled people–where do we go from here?- Newell, A.F and Gregor, P.
- Speech recognition and synthesis tool: assistive technology for physically disabled persons- Sharma, F. Reena and Wasson, S. Geetanjali(2012)
- Composing via dictation and speech recognition systems: Compensatory technology for students with learning disabilities- Susan De La Paz(1999)
Related content in the DeveloperSpace
- What is Physical Disability?
- What is Blindness?
- What is Low Vision?
- How the blind use technology to see the world
- AsTeRICS User Manual
- Voice Control in AsTeRICS
- AsTeRICS Nexus Connector