Whole new world through speech recognition

While playing with settings for my magic jack.  I came across speech recognition for windows seven.  I figured now is as good a time as any to start testing speech recognition.

microsoft_lifechat-lx3000 I was trying to use a Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 which has a microphone built in.  I was not having very good success with the system hearing me.  I had to put the life camera about an inch from my mouth.  As you can imagine this would be an inconvenience.  Since I had to make a return two Best Buy I decided to purchase headphones/headset with a built in microphone boom.  I have had headsets in the past they used a 3.5 millimeter jack.  It was time to upgrade to USB for a more clear sound and microphone.  The credit back from my return would not allow for a large purchase.  After looking at the different headsets ranging from $20 to $275.  I settled on slightly above the cheapest set and still have high ratings.  I am now currently using Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 Headset digital USB for superior clarity headset.  Not only does this have digital stereo headset but also of noise canceling microphone.


Setup was a breeze it took longer to open the pack each then to hook up and start using the new headset.  I chose USB because I have a USB jack in the front of my computer.  Easy access and easy setup was important in my purchase.  At the end of the USB jack there was a green sticker that informs me to install software first.  Normally I bypass any software to allow the system to find and installed drivers by itself.  However, I decided to follow instructions to the T.  I wanted to be sure the new headsets would be ready and configured properly for speech recognition.


These are stereo headphones which means there are two your pieces.  A lot of people do not like to have both ears covered.  I myself find it easier and better to hear what has been said or is playing.  This headset has eight nice size control mechanism about 3 to 4 feet from the headset.  It has speaker volume up and down along with microphone mute and a call button.  The mute button comes in handy especially when you have kids that interrupt.  For example the last 2 minutes of I had the headset on mute an it did not dictate what I was saying, thank goodness.


The reason I find speech recognition intriguing is not for laziness as some may think rather for blogging.  I find that thinking and typing at the same time is not one of my strong suits.  So thinking and saying works a lot better for me.  With that said I recommend everyone try speech recognition and yes so far I give the Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 Headset five stars.


Next I will test the headset with the magic jack phone system.  I will report back to the blog with my findings on the headset and magic jack.  Yes this was typed by using speech recognition with the new headset.


Anthony Russo said...

I just went through the Speech Recognition tutorial. This might be very handy. I just got Windows 7 and didn't even know it was in there. I find it better for commands than for dictation at this point. I will have to worek with it more.

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Jeff said...

@AnthonyRusso, I like the fact I can sit back and let me thoughts spew out and it dictates to my computer. I do find I have to slow down when speaking. This actually is not a bad thing for me as I have been interacting more internationally. I have been told a couple of times when speaking to other countries to slow down so they can process. Speech recognition is actually helping with that.

I must say I do a lot of proof reading after using speech recognition.

thanks for your comment.