Dictate Wirelessly with the Dragon Remote Microphone Application
Mobile devices have really spoiled us. The idea that we might not be able to roam around wirelessly dictating our e-mails suddenly seems so "last century." After the thrill of dictating to your PC wears off, you go searching for the next big thrill. So, how about using your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch 4 as a wireless microphone?
Using NaturallySpeaking version 11.5, you can download an app called the Dragon Remote Microphone Application. It turns your smartphone into a microphone. After you install it, you can dictate wirelessly from your smartphone to your computer using any Wi-Fi or home network connection. And guess what: It’s free!
The application works really well right off the bat. To use it, you need to make sure you do the following things:
Have iOS 4.2 or higher on your Apple iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch 4.
Download the app from Nuance.
Unzip the download and load it onto your mobile device with iTunes.
Create a new User Profile specifically for the Remote Microphone Application.
Use Bonjour (an Apple app that helps computers find each other if they both are running Bonjour) to connect your smartphone with your computer so it recognizes both halves of the wireless connection.
If you don’t want to use iTunes to set up this app, you can use the iPhone Configuration Utility. Download it from Apple. If you have iTunes on your PC, I recommend that you load the application from there because it’s so easy.
Once you install the app, launch it from the icon on your Apple device. You’ll see a large Dragon icon button in the center of a speakerlike screen. Your User Profile name appears at the top of the screen. To operate remotely, with NaturallySpeaking running on your PC, try the following:
Tap the Dragon icon: Notice that when you first tap it, the color around the icon changes from red to green. This means that your microphone is on — both on your PC and on your mobile device.
Tap the Dragon icon again when it’s on: The color returns to red. That means you’ve turned the microphone off.
What you don’t see happening when you work remotely is that NaturallySpeaking is taking dictation into the app you specify on your PC.
For example, you can say, "Open Word" and your Microsoft Word application on your PC opens and is ready for dictation. If you want to dictate into the DragonPad, you can do that just as you would if you were dictating from headphones. Make sure to Save and Close your application. The material you dictate will be on your PC when you return to it.
When you work remotely, you can’t see the dictation on your PC screen. For this reason, you should plan to proofread and correct your dictation when you are looking at it. Do all the same things you would normally do to make corrections on your PC.