I’ll happily shovel a snow filled driveway, work on a client’s website until 2 AM, and spend 3 hours cleaning up the house on a Sunday morning (although letting the house get so dirty is another one of my wonderful qualities). But when it comes to sitting down, typing and really writing – I would rather do almost anything else. It isn’t that I don’t have ideas for things to write – I do, I swear. No. It’s due to one reason – I know there has to be/should be/is a better way to get my thoughts down on paper than sitting at an uncomfortable desk and using my fingers to type on a big piece of plastic with letters on it.
I have used Siri, my Android phone’s voice to text, Dragon Naturally Speaking and other less known, but equally poor products to simply speak and have fully formed words land on digital paper. No matter what, I simply have an unsatisfyingly high error rate and I end up spending more time editing/fixing the bad text than it would have taken to simply type it in the first place.
That’s why on my Christmas list this year is a device or software that simply works. I want to be able to talk to it and have it translate (in the 98% range) what I am saying to text. And I understand, the way I say things may sound like I have 10 marshmallows in my mouth at once, but it is nearly 2015! This year Amazon announced they are working on GPS-controlled drone that deliver single packages. If that level of innovation can be done for a marketing ploy, surely a machine can be built that understands the malformed words coming out of my mouth.[This message brought to you using one of those stupid plastic things with a bunch of letters on it.]