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Voice recognition can be more than a fun toy. In fact, it can have all kinds of practical uses that can be a huge convenience to our everyday lives. Here are just five practical uses for voice recognition.

Controlling your home remotely

Smart technology is becoming more popular in homes – using your smartphone, it’s now possible to control everything in your home from the heating to the lighting. But you can go one step further than home automation and also incorporate voice recognition, allowing you to control your home with your voice. If you’re in your bedroom getting ready for bed and you want to check that you’ve turned off the lights downstairs or locked the front door, you can simply use your voice saving you having to go downstairs. This could be via your smartphone’s voice recognition software or via a voice control device.

Handling texts/emails whilst driving

Reading and replying to texts whilst driving is illegal and dangerous, but when using voice recognition technology it can be made legal and safe. By using your smartphone or car’s voice command feature you can get your phone to read out messages and then you can write a response via voice command. This can also be done with emails and social media messages.

Dictating notes/recording meetings in business

Voice recognition can also be very useful in business, especially when multi-tasking. Many medical clinics are now using a hospital dictation system, allowing them to check patients whilst transcribing any findings. Many corporate businesses meanwhile are now using voice transcription in meetings in order to record the discussion both for easy reference and for legal strength. On top of this, many businesses are now using automated phone answering systems that rely on voice recognition to make dealing with customers easier.

Getting rid of your TV remote

Voice recognition could also render certain devices obsolete. For example, if you’ve got a smart TV, you don’t need a TV remote – you can simply control your TV using voice command. All those times you’ve misplaced the TV remote could be spared by simply relying on voice recognition.

Helping the visually impaired to use computers/smartphones

Voice recognition has also had a significant effect on aiding the visually impaired to use devices such as smartphones and computers. By using one’s voice, someone with sight problems can more easily select apps and programmes, as well as composing messages and selecting information on the internet. Whilst previously special braille keyboards and smart devices have been needed, the growing accuracy of voice recognition has made it possible for the visually impaired to use everyday devices.

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