Singing voice specialist/ Alternative input devices

Singing voice specialists seek to rehabilitate vocal injuries by using singing as a therapeutic tool. There is some research that indicates that this can be effective however there is no specific qualification for people who are working as singing voice specialists. I have been doing some research online try to find a singing voice specialist, but so far have only found person who may offer service.

Alternative input devices

i) Voice recognition software

I have started using Dragon naturally speaking again and it seems to be working quite well. I’m using a more natural voice this time and it doesn’t seem to be making that many mistakes. When I say that I’m using a more natural voice I mean that I’m trying to use a bit of variation in tone whilst speaking and also I’m trying to speak in phrases and this seems to make it more accurate as well. I have found that when using the commands it is possible to sing which I think is quite a good thing because it means that your varying the way that you were using your voice therefore not putting a repetitive load onto your larynx.

ii) Handwriting recognition software

I have done a lot of research online into handwriting as an alternative input method, and what I have discovered is that handwriting recognition is not as well developed as speech recognition. Nevertheless, I have found that the handwriting recognition that comes with Windows 10 is quite good. Myscript has got quite a glossy website but there seems to be some bugs in the software and I don’t think the company is focusing on developing this product at the moment. Even so, these handwriting recognition apps aren’t that bad really. Google also has a handwriting recognition app. I think that the main difference between handwriting recognition and voice recognition is that handwriting recognition doesn’t actually learn your handwriting style so unlike voice recognition it doesn’t really improve the more that you use it though I may be wrong about this. I use a Bamboo tablet whilst using one of the handwriting apps. I thought that it was not particularly comfortable because it seemed as if you can’t comfortably rest your hand on the tablet, There I found that if you undock the Windows 10 handwriting box you can move it to a different position on the screen where it was possible to rest your hand on the tablet.There is something called Microsoft surface which uses handwriting recognition but because I’ve not tried it I can’t say whether it’s better or not than just using something like a Bamboo tablet.

So I am currently using a mixture of typing, voice recognition and handwriting recognition. I have been surprised that the handwriting recognition and the voice recognition seem to work recently well on my computer that is almost 10 years old. I am using the premium version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking. It is also comforting to know that over time these applications will just keep on improving. In addition to this I am using a split keyboard which seems to be a good idea because it means that your hands are in a more natural position.

iii) Mice

I have also started using an Evoluent Mouse however despite the positive reviews about this product on you tube I haven’t found it particularly comfortable to use because either you support your arm on an armrest which means that typing is a bit more uncomfortable or you dispense with the armrest and your arm that is holding the mouse feels uncomfortable.