Attorneys were one of the earliest professions to adopt speech recognition.
In 1990, attorneys
were adopting speech recognition technology with Kolvox Lawtalk.
This system was not very good by today's standards, but it
was the best there was at the time.
It used WordPerfect
version 5.1 and was a discrete speech system. It was too slow
to be exceptionally productive. However it had a niche market for
attorneys who couldn't type but who wanted to produce their own
printed work without legal assistants.
Dragon Systems released a law dictionary to be used with their DragonDictate.
IBM also released a legal dictionary to be used with their IBM Voicetype
Although there had
been many attempts to come up with speech recognition products for
the legal industry in the mid 1990's, none was as good as Kolvox
Lawtalk until recently.
DragonNaturallySpeaking Legal Suite version 7.0.
The current speech recognition programs are a remarkable improvement
over the previous versions of this kind of software. You can dictate
between 100 and 160 words per minute with current systems.
Accuracy rates well above 98% are now common. With macro
support, you can link several commands together to create shortcuts
to fill in legal documents, briefs or correspondence of any kind.
For example, you could create a
macro command in which every time you said the words " legal brief"
Dragon NaturallySpeaking would open Microsoft Word, bring up a
customized document, insert your law firm's letterhead at the top of
the document, and bring you to the first field in this document that
needed to be filled out. You could then continue to fill out this
legal brief using nothing more than your voice. Over the course of
just a few weeks this shortcut capability can save you valuable
hours of time.
Additional features currently
available include portable dictation machines such as the
Sony ICD-ST10 to dictate your memos
anytime/anywhere and go back to the office and have the systems
transcribe your text. Wireless microphones are also widely
available. Many of our attorney and physician clients like the
Philips Speechmike Pro USB because it works very well with speech
recognition software, and is a handheld device like many physicians
and attorneys are already used to. This microphone also features a
built-in trackball so that you can navigate the document easily. It
also has a speaker built-in so that if you want text read out loud
to you, you can hear it through the microphone itself
21st Century Eloquence prides
itself in tailoring customized solutions for professionals in
various fields across the country. Call us or
to tell us about your specific needs and find out how our technology
can save you time, money and increase efficiency for your office.
Or to find out which would be better
for your particular needs, feel free to call one of our speech recognition
specialists at 1-800-245-2133.