Touchy feely future?

Posted in technology on July 24, 2008 by Chris

Touch Takes Hold, But It S No Mouse-Killer | Technology | The Guardian

The Guardian today has a report about the possible future of touchscreen instead of the now traditional mouse and keyboard. I think it’s completely missing the point — surely the future is in voice recognition.

I’m writing this using MacSpeech Dictate voice recognition software, which although not being a bad product, is far from perfect. I want the Blade Runner moment where I talk to my computer and it does what I say. I’m crap at typing and I don’t see why in the 21st century with the computer should be a tool for those can type well.

Voice recognition would be great for blind people, slow typists, the dyslexic, for replacing the ever-growing number of passwords needed to navigate and log in on the Internet, computer security etc

If a small company can make MacSpeech Dictate and get it to work more or less, imagine what would happen if Apple or Microsoft put them might into the project? Let’s face it ,touch is so 20th-century. It is time to have a conversation with the computer and I don’t think you have to be William Gibson to figure that out.

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BBtv – Syd Mead : BLADE RUNNER.

Posted in technology on July 24, 2008 by Chris

Boing Boing TV gets the lowdown on the design for Blade Runner

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Joe Summerhays Ode to Apple’s MobileMe Launch Failure «

Posted in iPhone, Mac, rage, technology on July 22, 2008 by Chris

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William Gibson discusses Spook Country

Posted in technology on July 16, 2008 by Chris
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MacSpeech Dictate experiment

Posted in Mac, technology on July 9, 2008 by Chris

Today I received my copy of MacSpeech Dictate, and this is an experiment to do a post to my blog using my new software. I am posting this using the program Ecto and so far I have only corrected the name of this programme. Setup was very easy and I have been experimenting in the different programs on my Mac. So far everything has worked very well and I particularly like the command controls which I can use to open different applications and navigate through them.

For the moment I’m very impressed — and no, I haven’t been paid by the company for this review. I bought my copy from Amazon.

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Don’t Dictate?

Posted in technology on June 30, 2008 by Chris

One of my main problems with writing, computers etc is that I’m crap at typing – I’m hoping that MacSpeech Dictate will be the solution. I’ve just ordered it from Amazon as they don’t seem to have a distributer here in Spain and I’ll be adding my review to this one from MacMost soon.

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Back to the future

Posted in rage, technology on June 29, 2008 by Chris

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