Can you find a way to do dictation from a distance, using a microphone headpiece and your laptop?
January 25, 2012 4:44 PM Subscribe
Is there a way to set up some sort of dictation system in which you can talk into a microphone while out walking around and have the words transmitted back to your computer?
posted by AdamCSnider to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
I use a digital recorder to write, but at present I have to either transcribe everything after I get back home (which is a pain) or, if I was willing to dish out for a new computer (which I might) I could download the audio file onto my computer and then type it up/have Dragon Dictate or a similar program deal with it.
While watching Body of Lies
, I noticed that Russell Crowe's character in a couple of scenes dictating into a mouthpiece while wandering around on his front lawn and having the words appear on the screen of his laptop inside - very slick.
It's one of those things that you see and you say, "well, that seems so very useful that someone must have invented it!" Or maybe this is just an example of Hollywood tech.
I haven't had any luck determining which it is, mostly because I'm not sure what tagwords to type into a Google search ("microphone-laptop dictation"? "Recorderless dictation"? "Awesome thing that I want"?). So I thought I'd drop a question here and see if anyone who uses dictation more professionally than me might be aware of a similar technology in use.