Dictation on iPad, now does it process the input?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by PracticalMac, May 7, 2012.

  1. PracticalMac macrumors 68030

    PracticalMac

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    I noticed dictation only works if you have internet connection, and with only a select few languages (English, Japanese, but not Spanish when I tried).

    My guess is a recorded speech is digitized, compressed, sent to some servers (iCloud? or Wolfram Alpha?) for transcribing, then sent back and pasted to document (very impressive).

    It also seems to analyze the sentence to help find the correct word, instead of simply analyzing the audio.

    It is when trying to speak in a combination of numbers and letters, however, it fails.
    For example (take from another discussion topic):
    Would like to know more about how is works, and suggestions on how to input speech in no grammar entry, that is pure Alpha-Numeric strings.
     
  2. Comeagain? macrumors 68020

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    Go watch videos and read how Siri works. It's the same thing, just only for dictation.
     
  3. PracticalMac thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Lots of general videos, some good, math too, nothing about alpha-numeric, although the All Caps On is just about there (still the I and EYE issue).

    You know some other great videos? Thanks!
     
  4. PracticalMac thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I tried using several Siri commands on iPad to input letter and number stings, result is:

    FAIL!!

    The CAP rules are applied to sentence structure it seems.
    If tell it a proper sentence all the letters are CAPS.
    If I rattle off a string of letters and numbers, it spews a worthless string of junk, and I mean junk, in caps and small!

    It will confuse "eight" for A, "two" for 2, "eye" for I, "hey" for A, "and" for N, and occasionally spell out the number instead of enter a number.
    What is more it consistently outputs the same string, so I am not speaking is badly.

    On top of that, sometimes when I say "All caps on", the ON is also added.


    Why is this important?
    Abbreviated words are still used for items like weather, travel, military, others, so it is an important function.
    Example of a weather breif:
    KHOU 080323Z 0803/0824 15009KT P6SM FEW025 SCT060 SCT250
    FM080630 32015G30KT 4SM TSRA BKN020CB OVC050
    FM080700 32012G20KT P6SM -SHRA BKN030
    TEMPO 0810/0814 BKN015
    FM081400 02006KT P6SM VCSH BKN015
    FM081800 05007KT P6SM VCTS BKN025CB BKN100=

    Expanded out somewhat:
    ID: KHOU Houston/Will Ho, TX
    REPORT TIME: 7 23:46
    VALID TIME: 8 May AT 00:00Z to 8 May AT 24:00Z.
    INITIAL WX
    WINDS: 150 AT 9
    VISIBILITY: >6.0 MILES
    CLOUDS: 25 FEW
    CLOUDS: 60 SCT
    CLOUDS: 250 SCT
    TEMPORARY WX FROM 10Z TO 14Z
    CLOUDS: 15 BKN
    NEW WX STARTING: 14:00Z
    WINDS: 20 AT 6
    VISIBILITY: >6.0 MILES
    WEATHER: VCSH
    CLOUDS: 15 BKN
    NEW WX STARTING: 18:00Z
    WINDS: 50 AT 7
    VISIBILITY: >6.0 MILES
    WEATHER: VCTS
    CLOUDS: 25 BKN WITH CB
    CLOUDS: 100 BKN
    COMMENTS: =
     
  5. juanm macrumors 65816

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    You really dictate very strange things to your iPad...

    I'm quite happy with mine. I commonly use French, Spanish and English. In French, it's pretty much spot on. In English, despite my accent, it gets about 90% right, except for some specific words. And according to Apple, Spanish is coming... Hopefully, it'll come along the new iPhone this summer.
     
  6. anthonymoody macrumors 68020

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    The issue I have is with punctuation marks. It's not good at assuming what I want, and I am terrible at remembering to say things like open parenthesis.
     
  7. noteple macrumors 65816

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    Gibberish to text, how novel.

    That said, the Ipads Accessibility functions and now Dictation are a Godsend to the disabled.

    It has brought computing power and communications to a largely neglected segment of the market.

    Its far from perfect, but I applaud Apple for their effort.
     
  8. ZipZap macrumors 601

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    I HATE the fact that SIRI and Dictation require the internet.
     

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