Speech recognition (SR) is the translation of spoken words into text vs. Text to speech (TTS) system converts normal language text into speech (Wikipedia).
The speech or voice recognition feature (i.e. Siri or Google Now) has been added to many mobile devices so you may become one of the users of speech recognition on your phone today.
Speech recognition software on a computer lets you dictate documents, search the web, email, and navigate your computer. The feature on a computer is useful for not only accessing and operating a computer or mobile device, but also it is especially helpful for persons who have difficulty in writing. I have seen students who can present their ideas verbally but have difficulty when it is necessary to write their ideas on paper. Surprisingly, some of them can use the speech recognition software for their writing assignments with practice.
One well-known software is Dragon NaturallySpeaking for PC (and Dragon Dictate for Mac) from Nuance. Some of the new features include an improved interactive tutorial, accuracy tuning, support for built-in microphone on computers, and enhanced support for Chrome, Firefox, Gmail, Hotmail, and iCloud. Some reviews stated the accuracy has improved, and the Read Back feature, which synthetic voice reads selected text aloud from the screen, is useful when you need to review the contents after dictating. Dragon software can transcribe audio recordings in the WAV, WMA, DSS, DS2 and MP3 formats. Once you get more familiar with Dragon, you can control your computer by spoken mouse-click commands. Unfortunately the Home version does not include all of these features and you will need to spend more to get extra features. Here are the Dragon Naturally Speaking Comparison chart and an additional chart.
Dragon also has several apps for mobile devices such as Dragon Dictation for iOS devices and Dragon Go app for both iOS and Android. Nuance and AneedA’s i.am+ team worked together and included the speech recognition feature in a wearable device called, i.amPULS (aka PULS). It is like having an intelligent personal assistant. From the moment you engage the PULS, AneedA is listening and on point to deliver, whether taking dictation for messages to send a text, playing the perfect song, posting to Facebook, scheduling appointments, making calls, and more.
For those who have a computer, but do not wish to buy software, you may want to use one of the Windows Accessibility features, Speech recognition on your computer. For Mac users, Speech recognition feature is called VoiceOver.
Additional speech recognition software or apps
(Note: verify the operating system first.)
Voice Finger 2.6.2: http://voicefinger.cozendey.com/
Dictation Pro http://www.deskshare.com/dictation.aspx
TalkTyper online https://talktyper.com/
Online dictation using Chrome https://dictation.io/
Realize Voice http://realize-voice.en.softonic.com/