So this would be a case study within a case study. Since I determined how to write an article really fast, I was trying to figure out if I can do even faster. So here, the speech to text free tools case study is born. As any study this one also requires some boundaries and success factors. I will list them down below. The main idea though is replacing my normal typing within my free hours with vocal narration, preferably in the car. This would give me approximately one hour of writing time without changing anything in my life or schedule.
This study would be done on the simplest most accessible tools, here is a video about that:
Speech to text equipment
I own the following devices (affiliate links)
- A generic laptop (an older version but very similar) – not too good and not too bad. This one is good for everything but has no distinguishable qualities to make it stand out. I call those machines – a 90% tool. The beauty of such machines is in compatibility, I have never encountered an issue with any OSs installed on it, all drivers were just in place and worked properly except the windows 8.1 which screwed my ability to control the brightness and ambient sensor. Basically the screen went dark and I could do nothing so eventually the sensor had to be disabled from BIOS and now the brightness is controlled from windows menus.
- Samsung Tab 2 (not on sale anymore) – a regular tablet that still does the job. It runs on cyanogenmod now because it got really slow with time, but i guess this is the way all tablets do it. Literally all my friends are complaining abut their android tablet performance after a while after re0installing them. I run it on customer CPU settings that change the frequency from 300MHZ to 1000 MHZ on demand, depends on load. This is how I save my tablet’s battery.
- Galaxy S4 – stock ROM, I even skipped the last version update because it was stable enough. If it work don’t touch it, right? :). This phone is my Swiss army knife for all the little things in my life, I hope it would not disappoint me here.
This is going to be interesting one because there are so many similarities between Samsung devices and not so much with PC.
PC – will be testing on generic settings, this way I might got to use googles voice recognition engine and it is completely free. So here is the setup:
- Oveb voice input – just a chrome app, there are few similar but this one will do. In addition the chromebooks users could benefit from this study too
- Google chrome – everything runs on it, even case studies 🙂
Phone and Tablet – the test will be similar in all aspects
- Google speech to text engine
- samsung speech to text engine – just found out i have this one on my Galaxy
The test will go over next few articles. Each will be written in on different platform\setting.
Saving the texts: This one took some time to figure out. The candidates were:
- Google docs
- Other office apps
I found that Gmail was the most plausible option for sharing the text among all platforms, but Google does not allow such plugins on PC gmail on chrome.
So now I will just stick to the engine and the text saving will be done manually by copy-pasting.
Post editing will be done from Firefox on WP engine editor, as I do right now
Key Performance Indicator (KPI) – or as people call it, did it work?
A winner will be determined on the following factors:
I can write a full article
The writing time will be less than 20 minutes which is the threshold for my regular first phase of writing
I can do it from a driving car by setting up everything before I begin driving. If it stops and cannot be resume by voice commands, the car part is toast!
The editing time will be a major differentiating factor between all systems
What is next
Now it’s time to test, the results will be posted in a separate post and the link will be available here. Testing speech to text free tools will be an interesting challenge as it would allow me to develop the rest of my case study with little interference and who know maybe this is a life changer and maybe just a little 🙂
Hope you like this experiment, please tell me what you think and how would you measure success for such a test.