How to record and transcribe all conversations
July 9, 2013 8:00 PM Subscribe
Suppose I would like to automatically record and transcribe all conversations that happen around me. Is this technically feasible? What products and services would you use to accomplish this goal?
posted by grobstein to technology (13 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
What I envision is something like this: in the morning when I get up, I attach some small device to my clothes or pack it in my bag. When a conversation takes place in my vicinity, a voice-activated microphone records it and saves it digitally. After the conversation is over, the recording is saved in a file annotated with date and time and perhaps other metadata (GPS?). When I hit a wifi network, the file is uploaded to the cloud and transcribed with rough accuracy, and the transcript is saved and emailed to me.
I don't need all the details to work as I've described; that's more like an ideal. What I want is advice on how to implement some rough approximation of what I'm describing without heroic expense.
Possibly relevant information:
- Cost is certainly an object. I'd like to do this for not too much cash outlay. I imagine buying the recording equipment could run $100 or so, and the computing maybe $1/day. Solutions in this cost range would be great.
- I have an iPhone, so iPhone apps or accessories are fair game.
- Technically involved solutions are fine; I have time and can get help.
I do not need advice as to whether this is a cool idea, or advice as to its legality.