Replacing Touching - Using Voice Recognition


This ADE will provide you with a quick introduction to using a voice recognition program while navigating a user interface and dictating text.

In this ADE your goal will be to use a voice recognition program (i.e., software that converts speech to text) to navigate web pages and dictate some text.

At the end of this ADE, you will have experienced some of the difficulties of navigating websites and dictating text with a voice recognition program. You will be able to discuss the impact of using speech as a primary modality in navigation and dictation tasks.

Note: This ADE requires the use of Microsoft Windows 7 or later.

Speech Reference Card

A list of comands can be found by saying "What can I say" and under Start --> Control Panel --> Ease of Access -->Speech Recognition  --> Open Speech Reference Card. Below is a set of common command for this ADE.

Controlling the Speech Recognition Application

Navigation / Commanding


What to Do:

  1. To begin, please view the video "Windows Speech Recognition Demonstration". A transcript of the video is also available.

  2. Adaptation Training
    Adaptation training helps the application recognize your voice.

    1. Start --> Control Panel -->  Control Panel --> Ease of Access -->Speech Recognition 

    2. First, do Set up microphone. This is to ensure that the microphone is working.

    3. Next, Take Speech Tutorial. It will teach you the basics of speech recognition commands.

    4. Then, Train your computer to better understand you. This is an optional step, however, training will help improve the accuracy of the system.

    5. You are now ready to start using Microsoft Window's speech recognition program. Select "Start Speech Recognition". When asked, choose to "Disable Document review".

    Note: To get the full voice recognition experience, please refrain from using the mouse or keyboard for the remaining of this ADE.

  3. Dictation

    1. Tell the Speech Recognition system to open Notepad.

    2. Describe the Notepad application. (what it looks like, the menus, the features, whether or not you like it, etc.)

    3. Dictate the following words and phrases, starting a new line after each set of words or phrases.
      • The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.

      • Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
        Did Peter Piper pick a peck of pickled peppers?
        If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
        where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

      • Bear, bare.

      • Chile, chili, chilly.

      • A flea and a fly flew up in a flue.
        Said the flea, "Let us fly!"
        Said the fly, "Let us flee!"
        So they flew through a flaw in the flue.

      • Oh, Owe

  4. Navigation / Commanding

    1. Open Internet Explorer.

    2. Locate the answers to the following questions.
      1. What is the population of Marondera, Zimbabwe?

      2. Who is Dr. Seuss?

      3. What is the significance of the Olympic rings?

      4. Where was Amelia Earhart's last known location?

What to Hand-in:

Submit a written report that answers the following questions:

  1. Adaptation Training:

    1. How many times did you go through the training?
    2. Do you think the system would perform more accurately if you had done more training?

  2. Dictation:

    1. How accurate was the system in dictating speech?
    2. How many times did you have to correct the dictation?
    3. At any point in time, did the voice recognition program confuse dictation with commands? If so, which commands?

  3. Navigation / Commanding:

    1. Describe you experience in navigating the web browser.
    2. Were the commands easy to remember or did you need to refer to the reference card?

  4. General:

    1. Compared with the keyboard and mouse, do you feel that speech recognition is a good/fast method of input? Why or why not?
    2. Give three (3) different situations where you feel speech recognition programs would be useful.
    3. Describe your experience with this ADE (what worked, what did not work, where you had some trouble, where you had lots of trouble, etc.).