Often I’ll consult my cousin John on matters related to technology and I credit him with getting me to use the Dragon-Dictation/Evernote-Apps-Super-Ultra-Combo-Special (for iPad). That is: the practice of using the Dragon Dictation App, dictating my ideas and lists into it and uploading them into my Evernote.
I was already a big fan of using voice recording and making lists (before these Apps) because essentially you’re taking a snapshot of your brain at that moment. In this day and age of information bombardment it is increasingly difficult remembering every important little detail of our chaotic lives. Taking a recording of your thoughts, saving them and making them searchable (equally as important) seems like a good idea to me. You will forget things; computers will not (unless they crash hard of course).
I had heard of Dragon Dictation before (I’ve used it for PC) but it wasn’t as good at voice recognition as it is now. I find for best results to talk into it slower than your normal conversation speed. My other cousin Issa commented when we were testing it: “it could as side effect teach you to be more articulate in conversation.”
It’s really a very good app if you don’t want to use your hands for typing. I already use a computer likely much more than the average person but I also make microscopic art and play sports. My hands need every break they can get.
I imagine it would be a very useful app for people who have vision or motor skill handicaps.
Anyway give it a try and share your feedback. I wrote this post using Dragon Dictation. John responds to emails without typing.