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Voice Technology on Campus

By Philips Speech Blog

Speech recognition, or speech-to-text, is a capability which enables a program to process human speech into a written format.

We have all used voice technologies in our daily lives, many times without even thinking about it: automated phone menus and directories, voice activated dialing on our cell phones, and integrated voice commands on Smartphones are just a few examples. Medical and law professionals use recording technology paired with speech recognition every day to dictate notes and transcribe important information into client documents

Voice technology in education has also been rapidly growing as the technology progresses. Here are three major ways that voice technology is implemented on college campuses.

Campus Newspapers & Writing Programs

Voice technology and speech recognition are great tools to use in the journalism, communications, specialty writing, and PR spaces. Whether you are reporting, interviewing, writing, or just taking notes, a digital voice recorder, like a Philips DVT4110, is a tool that can be invaluable. There’s no need to try to scribble notes down and try to decipher them later or worry about missing important tidbits because you can’t keep up. With a voice recorder, you can record your interactions, take them back to your workspace, upload the files, and run them through speech recognition software and allow the program to do the typing for you.


Podcasts have grown tremendously over the past few years and are a popular extra-curricular activity among college students. There are several tools that podcasters like to use to make their recording process easier, such as mike holders, mike stands and windscreens.  Another piece of equipment that should be essential in the podcaster tool kit is a digital voice recorder, like the Philips DVT7110 that comes with a camera mount and windscreen. Quality of recording, storage, file handling, and battery life are just a few reasons why voice recorders out-perform smartphones. For more information on why dedicated recording devices are superior, check out this blog.

Veterans Affairs & Students with Disabilities

Many colleges and universities offer programs for veterans, assisting them in furthering their education and starting a new career. Digital voice recorders, like the Philips DVT2810, can help these students with varying disabilities. This type of assistive technology is ideal for students that have trouble keeping up with lectures. Students who struggle with hearing disabilities, visual impairments, dyslexia, learning disabilities, and more can greatly benefit from digital voice recorders. Recording lectures and group interactions is very beneficial to students who may have a hard time understanding what is happening the first time around. Audio recordings provide students with the ability to learn at their own pace and absorb information in a way that works best for them. For more information about how voice technology can foster independence and education, read this blog.

Digital voice recorders and speech recognition can be used many ways across campuses. From taking notes and reporting to aiding students with disabilities, these are powerful and versatile tools.

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