OverviewVoice recognition is the process of using technology to convert your spoken words into text. This process has been adopted by many specialist disciplines – lawyers, doctors, pathologists, etc. In fact, voice recognition can provide huge productivity gains to anyone who needs to dictate reports whilst using their hands for purposes other than typing.
Over the past few years voice recognition converts have been seeking a wireless headset that provides excellent voice quality input to recognition software. During this period my company, AAAHeadsets, have been actively involved in helping customers achieve this outcome.
The ProblemIn 1998 one customer undertook an extensive assessment of a range of headsets (both corded and wireless) over an eight week period. He determined that the Plantronics CS60-USB gave the best results. However, while acceptable, the results were not optimal. Staff still had to find and correct a number of misinterpretations made by their software package.
Any user of Dragon Dictate or similar voice recognition product knows that every % improvement in speech recognition means more productivity. The difference between a 96% recognition rate and a 99% recognition rate is finding and correcting 15 words instead of 5 in a 500 word document. Error correction kills productivity, so every error eliminated is valuable time saved.
See all 2 photos Plantronic CS60-USB Wireless HeadsetSource: AAAHeadsets The SolutionThe Plantronics CS60-USB wireless headset was the best available solution for some time. Then Sennheiser released their DW Office headset. This headset provided a leap in voice recognition results. For a number of years Sennheiser had been recognised as having the best noise cancelling headset microphones. Now they also had the best interface to voice recognition software. But there were still recognition errors.
Sennheiser have recently launched their DW Pro 1 (single ear) and DW Pro 2 (two ear) wireless headsets and these have created a new standard in speech recognition. Previous users of the DW Office have reported reductions in recognition errors of about 15%.
The DW Pro1 and DW Pro2 enable you to improve your speech recognition rate while enjoying the freedom to move around without being tethered to your computer. This freedom supports creative thought and writing which is important when trying to convert complex thoughts to meaningful words.
See all 2 photos Sennheiser DW Pro1 Wireless HeadsetSource: AAAHeadsets The Impact of NoiseBackground noise is also an important environmental factor when using a speech recognition package. Your headset microphone will pick up any environmental noise (machinery, other voices, computers, etc) and add it to your voice before presenting it to your voice recognition software. This makes it very hard for the package to interpret your words correctly.
The Sennheiser DW Pro1 & 2 have ultra noise-cancelling microphones which successfully filter out unwanted background noise. In fact, in my opinion, Sennheiser has the most effective noise cancelling microphones on the market. That is why noisy schools and doctors waiting rooms choose Sennheiser DW headsets.
Sennheiser DW Pro1 Headset Lifestyle Source: Sennheiser Communications ConclusionVoice recognition software packages perform two primary functions:
converting your voice into text for report production, and
controlling your computing environment (i.e. computer and software functionality).
Correcting words in reports is time consuming. However, losing control of your computer programs through poor recognition is scary. Put a value on your time and invest in a Sennheiser Pro headset to optimize your speech recognition system.
Experienced voice recognition users, with a Sennheiser Pro headset, estimate that their keyboard usage has been reduced by around 95%. Would you be happy with 95% less keyboard usage ?
Experienced voice recognition users, dictating complex reports using a Sennheiser Pro headset, are achieving such a high level of recognition that they find it difficult without their headset.
What are you waiting for? Improve productivity, get a Sennheiser Pro wireless headset today.
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