Can’t Type? There is a great solution.
Dragon is similar to the speech recognition apps on smart phones like Siri and Google Voice, but you can train Dragon to recognize your voice and your speech patterns so it gets more and more accurate. It will even scan the emails in your “Sent” folder to learn your speech patterns. You have to be a little patient in the beginning to correct its mistakes, because that’s how it learns to become more accurate but it’s easy to do.
I have helped several clients with Dragon and I’m currently working with a man who had a stroke several years ago and is using Dragon to write his emails. I also connected his computer to his big screen TV so he can see the typing better. He’s really enjoying it and that has inspired me to consider using myself. I often feel like my hands can’t keep up with my brain. My typing is fast but makes so many mistakes, especially when I’m journaling or writing Techie Tips.
I used it years ago when I was in Real Estate and it worked in all my apps: email correspondence in Outlook, web searches, composing documents in Word, and making notes in my contact manager. The newer version of Dragon is even more accurate and easier to train than before and it’s not very expensive.
And you can use your smart phone as the microphone for your computer.
This is a great way to “make peace with the ups and downs of computer technology.”