Emergent VoicesThe Emergent Voices has partnered with Nuance Communications to provide services and develop products for their Dragon speech recognition software. They currently offer one-on-one customized training services specifically for Dragon Dictate for the Mac and Dragon Naturally Speaking for the PC. They also provide specialized group instruction via webinars and are currently developing an instructional DVD. The Emergent Voices is affiliated with The Emergent Institute (see separate listing).
1121 East Broadway
Missoula, Montana 59802
Telephone: 888-712-7044 or 406-777-1800.
Products distributed by Emergent Voices (listed alphabetically)
DRAGON DICTATE FOR MAC
Dragon Dictate for Mac is a voice input and voice output program designed for use by individuals with spinal cord injury or upper extremity, vision, or learning disabilities. This voice recognition software allows hand-free operation of Apple Macintosh personal computers. The system allows users to speak at their normal pace and control applications by using voice commands to initiate any program or action within a program, to move the mouse cursor and click anywhere on the screen, or to place the cursor at a specfic place on the screen using the MouseGrid system. Dragon Dictate for Mac offers Recognition Training that enables the software to learn how each user speaks while using the software, and it has a Vocabulary Editor that allows the user to add specialized words, such as the names of people, places and other proper nouns to augment the software’s built-in vocabulary. This software facilitates writing, editing and proofreading of documents, and the placement of surrounding punctuation with a single voice command. A USB headset microphone is included with purchase (not upgrades), and the user can also use Bluetooth wireless microphones approved by Nuance. COMPATIBILITY: The system works with most applications that run on the Macintosh. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Intel-based Macintosh computer with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or later; 2 GB of RAM recommended; 3 GB available hard drive space; Internet connection (required for product registration); and Nuance-certified microphone for Mac.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking is a voice input and voice output program designed for use by individuals with spinal cord injury or upper extremity, vision, or learning disabilities. This voice recognition system enables hands-free operation of personal computers and permits users to speak at their normal pace. The program also permits hands-free mouse operation using MouseGrid technology. Users can create, move, edit, and format text by voice command in virtually all Windows applications, including word processors, spreadsheets, web browsers, and more. The program integrates with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, and most other Windows applications, allowing spoken text to appear immediately in a document. Select-and-Say editing permits editing by voice. Corrections can be made by voice or by keyboard, and corrections can be made immediately or delayed to a later time. The program also offers dictation playback, enabling the user to hear what he or she has written before editing. Text-to-speech capability also enables users to have their own documents or other files such as e-mail read aloud. The program supports multiple users and each user "trains" the system as it is being used; the system learns accents, dialects, and individual pronunciations automatically. The program has a 230,000-word vocabulary, with a 30,000-word plus active vocabulary. The vocabulary includes spelling, pronunciation, punctuation, usage, and context recognition information. This program also allows new words, specialized terms, and names to be automatically added in a few steps. The Vocabulary Builder searches text files, locates words used by the user, and enters spelling, pronunciation, and context recognition information. A high-quality headset microphone is included. Available editions include Home, Professional, Legal, and Medical. COMPATIBILITY: For use on IBM and compatible computers. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Microsoft Windows XP (SP2 or SP3), Server 2003, Server 2008, Vista or 7; 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster Pentium processor; 2.5 gigabytes (GB) of available hard disk space; 1 GB RAM (Windows XP or Vista) or 2 GB RAM (Windows 7 and Windows Server 2003/2008); Sound Blaster 16 or compatible sound card; a DVD-ROM drive; and Internet Explorer 6 or higher.