Fun with Speech-to-Text

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    So how many of you have played around with the new (to 2.1) Speech-to-Text function? I've actually been using it for a few days since my OTA came through, and it's pretty darn accurate. But I've also been playing around.

    I've noticed that it does a great job, unless I'm using an accent, or slang. Then it gives some really funny words. :) I've used Australian accents, English, Russian, etc. and the results are always hilarious - and they aren't the same each time.

    "Put another shrimp on the barbie" came out "Pudding nuts on a barfly"

    I've also found that it will give you ####'s for foul language, but sometimes it goes too far. It allows a cute word for a cat, but not for the character in the James Bond film Goldfinger, Ms. Galore (It comes up #### Galore).

    Ah, hilarity ensues. :D
     
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    I have enjoyed it too. I did not have a problem using most of the seven dirty words though. The only one that comes through with #### is crap.
     
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    lol for real...i did say one bad word it spelled it out differently.
    i will give you the word it came out with. you can figure it out.
    "That dude is so phucked!"
    Lmao that **** actually spelled out like that. hahaha
    But back to S2T. I really do like it. Especially it recognizes punctuations. Still trying to get that right.
     
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    I really like it. It got my faux cuss word.... "flippin" It didn't even put the "G" on the end, it dictated as it was pronounced. Can speech-to-text recognize punctuation? I haven't seen that yet. I do have to speak clearly. Can't run any words together.
     
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    If you say your punctuation, it will put it in. For example, speak "no way exclamation point" and it will type "no way!". I found this to work with Question mark, Exclamation point, comma, and period. I tried parentheses and quotes/quotation mark, and they didn't seem to work.
     
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    my biggest issue is having it capitalize letters appropriately like i in a sentence. other than that it works great, better or at least on par with speech recognition programs on my pc. very useful. if we could only train it to our voice it would be eerily accurate!

    Sent from my Droid using Tapatalk
     
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    I was initially very impressed with it. For some reason it does not recognize the word lot when i say it. I tried about 5 times really announciating it and it kept putting in want. Finally I got so angry I said, "Lot, lot ,lot, l-o-t lot." It texted, "want, want, want, l-o-v-e, want".

    I also get all curse words as #####.
     
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    Hey! Damn good find there!

    That should appease those who are torqued that the comma key was moved, but don't want to turn off s2t to get it back :)
     
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    Wouldn't it be cool if we could add our own words to the speech-to-text dictionary? I want cuss words!!!! LOL

    Unknown, thanks for the punctuation tip.
     
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    I think text to speech is awesome but I think it was VERY immature of them not to include the ability to uncensor profanity. I mean think about it, if you're not adult enough to look past a bad word, then you're probably too young to own a smartphone to begin with. How many of us have been searching for a legitimate website and we came back with a porn site instead? Did you immediately turn of the computer, make a large sign and march in front of Microsoft inc. or whoever, or did you simply ignore it and move on?

    I think it's very un-American for me not to be able to speak profane words and have them translated correctly when it is clearly doing so since it's censoring them. Just my opinion.
     
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    You're totally right, the software is censoring. We should be able to turn it off. I can censor myself. Am I sending a text to my husband or to my boss? Let me be the judge of when to cuss.

    BTW, my "cuss words" spoken into the phone becomes "password". I tried it two times.

    On the whole, though, I really like this feature.
     
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    Interesting... I put the "f-word" in the phone's dictionary, but it still showed up as ####.

    But another thing I found funny... I just saw an ad on TV for a local station, and so I told the phone I wanted to meet the female anchor (I used her name) - and it spelled it correctly! (She's got a unique name).

    BTW, when I say "lot" it types "lot." No problems here for me.

    And for the sci-fi fans, is spells "frak" correctly! :D
     
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    Ok I spoke too soon in my earlier post. I thought the 7 dirty words were going through. In trying again I get either ##### or variations of the word I spoke.
    That sucks.
     
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    Or possibly they decided that it was not worth the time to add a feature that an incredibly small number of people would get upset over. I suspect most people would not consider obscenity a necessity in their text and email.
     
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    I'd imagine it's more to avoid mistakes going the other way.

    "I just picked up my dog Puck!"
    send...
    "I just picked up my dog ****!"
    DOH!

    "That song's gonna be a big hit!"
    send...
    "That song's gonna be a big ****!"
    DOH!

    censor curses and it completely avoids the issue. Considering how inaccurate S2T can be it's probably a good idea they put in safeguards like that, even if it does mean I can't yell at my annoying friends to **** off and actually be able to send that ;-p
     
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