Devices Offering Great Solutions (DOGS)


Tools to turn your voice into written text.

What does it do?

Speech-to-text systems turn spoken words into written text. The device will type out everything that is said on a visual display (ex: tablet or computer screen). These tools can be helpful for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing. They can also be helpful for people who have difficulty writing. You can use speech-to-text to follow along with a conversation or even to write an essay for school.

What kinds of speech-to-text systems are there?

Built-in Transcription

iPhones and iPads have a built-in transcription feature. You can use this to send texts, write notes, and send emails. You can even use this to search the web or post on social media. In the box where you type is a microphone icon. Tap the microphone and start talking. You will see the written text appear in the box on the screen.

You can also turn on “dictate” settings within your computer. Here are some links about how to do that on a WindowsMac, or Chromebook computer.

Dragon Speech Recognition Software

There are many versions of Dragon software for voice dictation. For example, there are versions that specialize in recognizing speech for legal, medical, law enforcement, or professional vocabulary.

Google “Voice Typing”

You can use your voice to type when in the Google Chrome internet browser. This feature works in Google Docs and Google Slides (for speaker notes). Make sure your computer microphone is working. When in Google Docs, click “Tool” and then “Voice Typing.” Click the microphone icon on the screen and speak. To finish, click the microphone icon again to close out.

Microsoft Word Dictation

You can also type with your voice in Microsoft Word. Make sure your computer microphone is working. In Word, click the “Home” tab and then select “Dictate.” When the red light and box appear, you can start talking. It will write along as you speak.

Microsoft Azure

This speech-to-text software is available in over 85 languages.  It can transcribe from live speech using the microphone and saved audio files.

Related Apps

  • Dictation -Speech to Text
  • Dragon Anywhere
  • Live Transcribe
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How do I see what's new?

Technology changes all the time. To find out about the latest options for these, you can type keywords into a search engine such as Google, Safari, Firefox, or Bing on a computer or tablet. These are the keywords for this type of item:

speech-to-text, dictation software, voice transcription, voice typing

How do I find out more?

If you live in the US outside of Pennsylvania you would need to find your state's AT program.

If you live in Pennsylvania:

  • you could contact TechOWL to work with a specialist. We can meet with you and sometimes demonstrate this equipment. We can also help with different ways to get one for your own.
  • you might borrow this equipment to try out. Do we have this in our lending library?


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