Ever thought about how you can increase your productivity at work? If your job is about writing reviews, articles and reports you might want to check out Google’s newest update. Google Docs now features voice commands, which means that you won’t have to touch your keyboard again in order to get your work done.
TTS and STT engines are not entirely new. In fact, over the years, many tech companies have experimented with this kind of technology in the hope that they could create an application which is actually capable of letting the user interact with the computer in another way.
If we remember correctly, the first working text-to-speech and speech-to-text engines were introduced in Windows XP. However, the technology was still in its infancy back then, and the users had a hard time configuring the voice client.
Well, time has passed and the guys managed to improve the accuracy of these voice-driven engines. To check this out, simply draw out your Android, iOS or Windows phone and try issuing a command to the device. Moreover, these voice engines can also be used in order to communicate with your computer using alternate means.
For example, if one has to write an ample text, he or she can use the voice dictation option. Although the platform requires a bit of training, in the end, the program will be able to identify your spoken words with a 99% accuracy, provided that you own a decent microphone and that you don’t have any speech impairments.
Google actually implemented this kind of technology a long time ago, and the first one to benefit from it was the Google search toolbar on Android phones. After a while, Google decided to outfit Tap now with its own voice search engine and it would seem that the technology recently came to Google docs.
How does it work? It’s pretty straightforward: just tell Google Docs what you want it to do, and it will do it. The feature is pretty nifty when working with texts, especially with larger ones. It’s much easier to ask Google to perform a search for a specific word and to replace it with another using the voice engine rather than using the mouse and the keyboard.
The engine includes many other voice commands such as “copy”, “paste”, “cut”, “move”, “select a specific paragraph” and “move to the end of the document”.
Google Docs now features voice commands, which are pretty handy for someone who has to write a lot of reports or essays. Moreover, the application was also designed to accommodate persons with eyesight issues or with neuromotor impairments.