Voice-to-text is a type of speech recognition program that converts spoken to written language.
Voice-to-text was originally developed as an assistive technology for the hearing impaired. Its applications were limited primarily because older voice-to-text programs had to be trained to recognize a specific person's speech before attaining an acceptable level of accuracy.
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Newer programs can decipher the average person's speech without training, opening up possibilities for new applications of the technology, including interactive cell phone functions, such as voice-to-text message delivery and voice-to-text search, as well as conversion of audio content such as podcasts.