Voice recognition software has been around for many years, but was recently popularized by Siri, iOS’ voice assistant. Now people are using their voice to complete tasks from setting an alarm to wake them up in the morning to figuring out Elvis’ favorite color. For most, voice recognition makes daily tasks faster and easier to accomplish, but for people with physical disabilities, especially those that impact their arms and hands, voice recognition becomes a power tool for remaining independent!
Recently I worked with an individual who uses a calculator for over 70% of her job duties. Due to this repetitive movement, this individual experiences pain in her hands and fingers and can no longer work at the speed and duration she desires. She loves her job and does not want to give it up; assistive technology to the rescue!
After trying several voice recognition solutions for using a calculator, two apps stood out from the rest.
Use your voice or the custom keyboard to input calculations and unit conversions easily and quickly. Mix units, parentheses, math functions in a single computation. Tap into a catalogue of physical constants quickly. For both casual and scientific use, from the kitchen to the lab.
Instantly enter numbers and mathematical expressions using an ergonomic on-screen keyboard and voice input (currently supports English, Chinese, Croatian, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese). Just press the mic button and speak the expression (for example: 75 plus 12 times 5 = 75 + 12 × 5 = 135): it will appear on screen and the result will be calculated immediately!