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64 IBM VoiceType Dictation (formerly Personal Dictation System)




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This article is from the Ergonomics and Typing Injury FAQ, by Dan Wallach dwallach@cs.princeton.edu with numerous contributions by others.

64 IBM VoiceType Dictation (formerly Personal Dictation System)

IBM Corporation
Phone
Contact your IBM sales rep or call 800-TALK-2ME
Shipping
Now.
Price (for VoiceType Dictation)
$999 - Software, microphone, and ISA card
$1099 - Software, microphone, and PCMCIA card
A Microchannel card might also available (it used to be...)

Naming confusion: IBM previously sold a product named VoiceType 2, which
was based on Dragon Systems technology. They also sold the IBM Speech
Server Series (ISSS) and Personal Dictation System (PDS), both of which
were based on IBM technology; ISSS ran on an RS/6000 workstation, and PDS
ran on PC's with OS/2.

The current IBM VoiceType Family is all IBM technology. VoiceType
Dictation is an enhanced variant of PDS, which also supports MS Windows.

VoiceType Dictation supports a 32,000 word dictionary. It's
speaker-dependent, so requires training (1-2 hours).

VoiceType Dictation recognize US and UK English, French, German, Spanish
and Italian (MS Windows support for all these languages will appear in
1995).

VoiceType Dictation can control any X or OS/2 application, and supports
user-customizable profiles for macros. A developer's API is also
available.

Dictation rates of 70-100 words per minute are possible with 95-99 percent
accuracy, including a model of the language to disambiguate words such as
"to", "two", and "too".

IBM also makes some voice products not really intended for the "handicap"
market with continuous speech and speaker-independence but smaller
vocubularies (the IBM Continuous Speech Series - ICSS). They also have a
programmer's API. Call them for more details.

[NEW!]NCC sells an add-on called Digital Dictate which uses IBM's speech
recognition engine and apparently has better integration with MS Windows.
For more information, contact:

NCC Incorporated
5808 E. Turquoise
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
Phone: 602-922-6236
Fax: 602-596-9050

Also, check out ncc-digital-dictate in the typing-injury archive.


 

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