Great new way to create on-the-spot reviews and ratings!

by SteveBayle on December 11, 2009

David Pogue, technology columnist for the New York Times has a great article about a new, free app from Nuance called Dragon Dictate.

You tap a big central Record button–and you talk. (You still have to speak the punctuation and say “new paragraph” when you want a line break.) When you tap Done, the typed transcription of what you said appears on the screen.

Behind the scenes, your audio is being sent to Nuance’s computers, recognized and converted, then flung back to your screen as text. If you have Wi-Fi connection, conversion is almost instantaneous; on a cellular connection, it may take a couple of seconds.

The only downside seems to be that you can’t dictate directly into email or another app. This is a result of the fact that Apple won’t allow 3rd party apps to run in the background – only Apple’s get to do that.

If Apple would remove this barrier to developers, consumers using Verbela could dictate their reviews, in-store, on-the-spot right into our iPhone app!

Dragon Dictate is yet another example of a great technology that could be integrated into many other useful applications.

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