SpeakQ plugs into WordQ and adds simple speech recognition. Conventional speech recognition systems are designed primarily as a productivity tool for persons who have no trouble writing (and dictating) or as an alternative hands-free access tool for persons with physical disabilities. WordQ+SpeakQ, on the other hand, is for those who can type but who have trouble writing and reading in the first place. They can benefit from a combination of word prediction, speech output and speech input to generate text. Such users may find it difficult or impossible to use other speech recognition products because of reading demands and complexity.

SpeakQ features a simple training interface where the computer prompts you by voice what to say. You can then dictate directly into any document or dictate into WordQ’s prediction list. Your speech is combined with the word prediction. To keep it simple, there are no verbal commands. You only dictate text. Teachers in special education will appreciate its simplicity.

SpeakQ supports two styles of dictation. Like other speech recognition products, it allows users to dictate text directly into their documents. In addition, it also supports a style of dictation that is unique to SpeakQ. This approach uses word prediction capabilities and introduces a concept we call “speech-enabled word prediction.” In effect, spoken words are displayed as a list of choices enhanced by word predictions. Users select from the list of words, or type letters to further refine their choices. By using this approach, not only can you control the words that are entered into their documents as you speak, but you can also improve the accuracy of the words. Consequently, you spend less time correcting recognition errors, and more time on the real task of writing.

Key Features/Strategies and Benefits

Simple user interface – floating toolbar with 5 buttons that can be hidden
Simplicity encourages use

Speech training interface with speech prompting
Helps you learn how to talk to computer, speak more clearly, and train computer to better recognize you

Customizable speech training text
Allows you to practice speaking in specific contexts, e.g., job interviews

Customizable speech training text in multiple languages
Allows you to practice speaking in different languages

High-quality speech feedback of recognitions
Allows you to hear what you write in a clear and pleasant voice to immediately capture mistakes

Speak and select mode – alternate recognitions shown in word prediction box
Allows review of possible recognitions before entering in text for user with poor speech, focuses on short phrases, and reduces time and effort correcting text

Continuous mode – most likely recognition entered directly
Improves productivity for users with good speech

Speech-enabled word prediction
Combines what you say with predictions for improved editing

Use only when necessary (speak, use word prediction or just type) – turn mic on only when needed; mic options include never turn off, turn off while editing, or turn off after every utterance
Improves productivity and reduces undesired text from being entered; also helps you get unstuck when spelling a difficult word or phrase that interferes with your train of thought

No spoken commands (e.g., to edit move text cursor and edit)
Eliminates learning commands – just speak and write

Speak, use word prediction, or simply type
Improve productivity by using whatever input method works best for you

Use within outline views or a graphic organizer
Quickly getting your initial ideas down before you forget then use WordQ at a later stage to help with editing

Keyboard accessibility
Accommodates users with physical difficulties

Built-in help
Provides immediate access to help information

System Requirements

  • Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 (32/64 bit)
  • 1 GHz Processor
  • 2 GB+ RAM
  • Optional Speakers / Headset with High Quality Microphone

WordQ+speakQ is very intuitive for younger students. I love having wordQ+speakQ working in the background with other applications (unlike many of your competitors), and the voices were quite good. We're definitely going to find room for wordQ+speakQ in our standard set of tools!

— Glenn, Assistive Technologist, New Hampshire