I found a very neat application today, but I’m not sure it is something I’ll be integrating it into my everyday life.
http://jott.com/ can do a lot of different things, but it is primarily a system for reminding you of particular things. You register phone numbers with the site. Then, you call their toll-free number and say something. The site will then translate your voice to text and send you an e-mail with its transcription.
I will say that it’s translation was very accurate with my voice. I read some material from a book I had lying on my desk and it did a very good job.
“Chekhov, a Russian physician, short story writer, and playwright, wrote hundreds of stories that delve beneath the surface of Russian society, exposing be [the] hidden motives of his characters in the ways in which prevailing social forces influence their lives. It’s [this] collection contains five of his most highly regarded stories, all from his maturity and sent in a variety of Czarist Russian milieu.”
With a bit of copy editing, this service could even serve as a decent dictation mechanism. The real power of this system, and clearly its main function is to serve as a reminder to do thing lately. With integration in Google Calendar, you can add items to your calendar from your phone. It can also do Amazon searches and can even add items to blogs like this one.
These are really cool functions, but I haven’t been able to invest the time to really make these work perfectly. The other issue with Jott is that each number you use has to be registered with the company. You can’t call from someone else’s phone and add material. The last thing worth mentioning. In the above example, I had to spell Chekov for it to come out properly. It wasn’t difficult, but it is easy to forget to spell proper names.
This is a very interesting product, and I am interested to see what else they are able to integrate into their system. It will also be interesting to see if they will start charging for these service after the beta ends.
I’d recommend you check it out for yourself to see if it is something that will work for you.