Voice Recognition?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Broken Friday, Aug 19, 2007.

  1. Broken Friday macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2007
    Is there anyway to log on with voice recognition? Like if the password is "Apple", it will only log on to your wave pattern?
  2. Dimwhit macrumors 68000


    Apr 10, 2007
  3. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    Nope....no 1st party way. No 3rd party solution, I know of
  4. jmufellow macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2005
    No, but there is the iScan, an Apple-made retinal scan so that only YOU can enter your computer. But stay away from those third party retinal scan ripoffs like iEye .... (captain).
  5. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    "My voice is my password." went the way of OS-9. However, OS-X still has voice recognition for application control (see Speech in System Preferences).
  6. Nick12945 macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2007
    Would it be possible to log on with one of those usb fingerprint scanners?
  7. Broken Friday thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2007
    It'd be best if the fingerprint id scan would be on the mouse itself.
  8. Nick12945 macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2007
    Yes, but would it be possible? I need a more secure way to log on to my computer.

    Edit: well actually for my Dad. He runs a business and he's not secure enough.
  9. blueicedj macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2007
    I know PC's have a fingerprint scanner that can unlock your computer, log you in to your computer, and fill in any of your passwords on any site you go to..don't know if any are compatible with mac though...
  10. kingfisher66 macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2008
    Cant get Voice recognition to work

    Lil help...... Cant get voice recognition to work. Have tried the speech prefs and read the ridiculous sentences . Ideas?
  11. daveseibert macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2008
    Iowa City, IA

    Dude, os x voice recognition is no picnic. I haven't tried it in leopard, but in tiger you had to speak pretty clearly and slowly. Wasn't really worth it.

    However, I am looking forward to Dictation. I think that's what it's called. It's Dragon Naturally Speaking ported to os x. To be released soon. I hope it's not too 'spensive, though.
  12. Nick12945 macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2007
    On a David Pogue video he said it would cost $200
  13. philgilder macrumors 68000

    Sep 30, 2007
    use macspeech dictate
    was released at macworld 08 and won best of show

    it uses dragons speech engine (best around) in a very well written app (apparently)
  14. kingfisher66 macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2008
    After seeing the tutorial on Lifehacker.com it looked easy and kool. I use Photoshop a lot in business and the way he was able to use the VR to work Photoshop was awesome.
  15. Frangelica macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2008
    MacSpeech Dictation Arrives

    My copy of MacSpeech Dictate arrived yesterday. I'm one of those people who has been trying to support MacSpeech since it was in version 1. But like most other people really never got it to work. So I've been waiting eagerly for this product to come out.

    The MacSpeech disks arrived by mail here in Canada. The discs worked perfectly although I understand a few discs were not working and people had to return them. There is a press release on the MacSpeech website about this.

    I installed the discs on a Mac book 1.83 MHz. The discs come only with a small glossy brochure and there seems to be no help menu of any significance. So if people who want to try MacSpeech Dictate had had no previous experience with iListen they would probably be very confused.

    On the upside the amount of training required to get right into dictation was about 10 minutes or less. In iListen one had to read pages and pages of dialogue in the hope that the computer would learn your voice. Somehow it never did that very reliably.

    Having never used Dragon speak I'm not sure how MacSpeech Dictate compares, but the speech recognition of MacSpeech Dictate is quite amazing.

    On the second day of having this program I'm dictating this message with only a few errors which are easily erased and then dictated again with the command "scratch that".

    What is missing currently, and it's a big omission, is a way of editing while you dictate. The best you can do for now is to save your text in a text editing program and then go back and edit it by hand.

    Although MacSpeech Dictate does an amazing job with recording dates such as March 26, 2008 (I just spoke this date and it was recorded), and numerals such as 12345, this program does not have a spelling mode like the old iListen which allowed you to spell words that it didn't recognize.

    While it is easy for an able-bodied person to go back and edit the text by hand, a person with a disability may not have the option of including a name that the computer doesn't recognize. For instance that person might be writing to a friend named Ilia and the name might come out in some of the following ways -- India, Italy a -- some of the outcomes can be quite amusing.

    One of the authors on this or another site has posted some video which is available on "U2" -- well I can't tell you what the site is because MacSpeech Dictate won't let me so I hope you'll be able to guess. The video says there's a surprise if you watch the clip and indeed there is a surprise.

    With some Mac computers there is no need for a headset or microphone. That's the surprise.Although I have one of the recommended headsets I am dictating this just directly to my computer and it picks up my speech even when there are some noises in the background. I'm using a Mac book.

    My conclusion is that MacSpeech is an exciting new development that I've been waiting around for since 2001 when I bought the first iListen.

    What I'm surprised about is that there isn't more discussion on the Internet about this product. Is it that not enough copies have been shipped yet? I admit that I pestered MacSpeech quite a bit about getting my cross grade copy. I'm wondering if full new copies are not out in the marketplace yet. I am hoping that iListen's reputation hasn't killed the marketplace for them.

    I am also concerned but the lack of help menus and list of all dictation commands will deter people from trying this program. If MacSpeech doesn't get busy and provide tutorials or instructions, I guess it will be up to discussion groups like this to pass on the knowledge we gained from iListen. Quite a few of the commands from iListen seem to work but aren't even listed.

    I'm looking forward to hearing from other people when they get their copy.

    Frangelica (I can't dictate my own name, I had to edit it by hand)
  16. magentawave macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2009

    Your post was a while ago and I was wondering if you had any further thoughts on using that software? When you dictated your post above, did you have to say the word "period" or "comma" when you wanted to place a period or comma in your text, or does it add the punctuation automatically?

    Thank you

  17. BillyJ macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2009

    magentawave -- You have to speak punctuation.
  18. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    I used to use voice reg but its really hard to use, you have to say things 5 times before it works. Not really worth it...:(
  19. magentawave macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2009

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