Is there an open source alternative for Nuance Dragon Naturally Speaking?

Fred G June 20, 2013
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I’m looking for an open source alternative for Nuance Dragon Naturally Speaking. Yes, I know I can Google it, I have but I’m not coming up with anything useful; might be the search terms I am using.

With the increase in smartphone apps, I thought there would be a ton of PC options out there, but I can only find one.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Rajaa Chowdhury
    June 22, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Open Source Freeware Solution -> Simon Speech Recognition : https://projects.kde.org/projects/extragear/accessibility/simon

    Also try the built-in feature of Windows : http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-set-up-speech-recognition-in-windows-7.html

  2. DalSan M
    June 20, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Have you tried the built-in speech recognition in Windows Accessibility? You can also make your Windows system look and behave similarly to Jarvis from Iron Man: https://www.google.com/url?q=http://m.wikihow.com/Create-a-JARVIS-Like-AI-Assistant&sa=U&ei=LGnDUdj8KYjq8wSrw4GoAQ&ved=0CBoQFjAG&usg=AFQjCNFb-VadvCc4528kHDPN6WNlKR0D8w Other than these, there are few findable options for a free and open-source alternative to Dragon Naturally Speaking.

    • Fred G
      June 21, 2013 at 3:14 am

      Yes I have, might be the way I speak but had a really low correct rate, like only 2 words in a sentence.

  3. Harshit J
    June 20, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    In Linux, there are two options: CMU Sphinx and Julius; however, both options are for users with quite a bit of experience with Linux and can be problematic to piece together. If you’re interested, here are more details:

    CMU Sphinx is a collection of tools for people who work with speech recognition. It’s written entirely in Java, so the installation might be a challenge.

    Julius is an open source large vocabulary CSR engine. Make sure you spend some time on the website — you might find that Julius is just what you need.
    Source:http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/doityourself-it-guy/diy-speech-to-text-alternatives-to-dragon-naturallyspeaking/1003

    • Fred G
      June 21, 2013 at 4:20 am

      Thanks for the link, there is a very good line in that article:
      "Keep in mind there’s a reason why Dragon NaturallySpeaking is so popular, as well as pricey — it works."

      Probably why I am having problems with other options.

  4. Tina Sieber
    June 20, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Similar questions have been asked many times before, although I don't remember anyone ever asking specifically for an open source alternative. Just providing you with the link to previous questions for more ideas: Speech to Text Software

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