Speech recognition system software has apparently improved so much, it can even understand Kiwi, northern and southern English dialects, not to mention Asian English and Indian English.
All it takes, claims Greg Findlay, market development manager, of Australian-based Voice Perfect, is for the user to read to the computer for five minutes so the software can synchronise the voice.
Brisbane-based Voice Perfect is the authorised distributor for US-based Scansoft, which owns the Dragon NaturallySpeaking software that the Voice Perfect systems use.
Voice Perfect, which also has offices in Australia and New Zealand, produces a range of speech recognition products.
Showing how the system worked, Findlay talked about how such software can help journalists get facts right and the words appeared before my eyes. There were one or two errors, but Findlay and the software soon corrected them.
The business software costs $1600, with home user versions for $400-$500. Voice Perfect sells from its stores and direct to other retailers but also seeks resellers and distributors to form a channel.