A question…

What time is it in New York?

Reply – What slime is it in Cork?

Q – Where’s the nearest Pret A Manger?

Reply – Where is the nearest threat of a manager?

Q – Time of next train from Kingston to Waterloo?

Reply – Time of rain from Kingston in a Portaloo.

I might have exaggerated these responses slightly, but I wouldn’t be far off the mark when attempting to get an answer from a Smartphone or computer a few years back using voice recognition.

But now the tech giants have really got their act together and improved the facility no end, and so the accuracy of the words spoken is pretty much spot on.

With most new Smart TV’s, you can access your favourite artist, album, actor, film or recording by simply clicking on the mic button on the remote and speaking.

The same goes for Alexa and Google, either on the streaming equipment connected to your TV or directly on your Smartphone.

Voice recognition is no longer a pain in the backside and have recently found it to be a great time saver when using Microsoft Word.

You see, I make considerable amount of notes each week from reading books or listening to Podcasts and then type up my scribbles as a Word document. So quite recently, I thought I’d give MS Word’s built-in dictation a go and was pleasantly surprised with the results.

Is it 100% accurate? No is the answer; I’d say it’s more like 95%.

I still don’t use this on my Smartphone regularly but have found the Google dictation in the browser extremely accurate.

If you’ve found anything that saves you time, then I’d love to hear from you.