The past week most I’ve spent my time learning to use new gadgets. I’m sure there are other people out there like me that enjoy learning to use new “toys” from the geek world. If not I must be more odd than I thought I was. Though my new gadgets aren’t directly related to photography I will be using them to accomplish some of my business means. This isn’t going to be a full on review just a short quip. Without further ado, my new toys…
The first one I want to talk about is the program Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.0. The program is made by Nuance and you can find more information on it at their website. I have the Dragon Dictation app for my iPad and though I wasn’t that impressed with the ability of the voice recognition on the app I had heard good things about their computer program.
After setting up my profile I immediately opened up Microsoft Word and started testing. I was impressed. I found the voice recognition to be amazingly accurate, assuming I didn’t pause between syllables. I was sold from that moment on because that’s all I really wanted it for and all I’ve even tested it for thus far. I wanted to be able to type without my hands and now I can. You are required to say what punctuation you want which slowed me down at first but once I got a hang of it, it didn’t bother me. It reminded me of Morse code (stop) I’m going to continue testing to see if its usable in other areas besides my rudimentary needs.
The second new gadget I bought was Apple’s wireless keyboard. I was concerned about the durability through transportation because it would be accompanying my iPad. When I was told it was dishwasher safe by the sales rep. I was impressed. I bought it and don’t have any complaints after testing. It is made of solid aluminum but I’m still worried about the keys popping off. I have an older 17″ wide screen laptop and I wanted to lug that around less so my intent was to allow me to use my iPad more efficiently and not be forced to carry around my old laptop as much. To those ends its perfect for me. I’ve heard some people complain about ergonomics. I’m no specialist but I was taught not to let your wrists rest on your desk while typing which would mean those people are arguing about a moot point.
I’m a very happy person right now with my new toys. Feel free to ask any questions