Voice Text: The Benefits of Using TextSanity with Amazon Alexa
Voice text is on the rise. This method of communication is constantly improving as technology continues to advance.
Now’s the time to learn to voice text on various devices, including Apple, Android, and Amazon Alexa. Amazon Alexa, specifically, is useful as it can be integrated with TextSanity’s text messaging application.
What is voice text
Voice text is a speech recognition program that converts spoken words into written text. While this program was originally created to help the hearing impaired, it is now widely used simply due to its convenience and ease of use.
Voice texts are commonly conflated with voice messages. However, voice messages involve sending an audio clip with no text rather than converting audio into text.
While voice text may sound simple, the technology behind it is quite advanced. Here’s a quick look into how this technology works so you better understand how to use it.
- Voice text technology begins by picking up on the vibrations made during a speech. It translates them into a digital language using an analog to digital converter.
- The analog to digital converter then takes sounds from an audio file and measures the waves of each sound. Based on these waves, relevant sounds are then filtered out.
- The relevant sounds are then segmented into tiny components that only take up a hundredth or a thousandth of a second. From there, they are matched to phonemes used to distinguish one word from another.
- The resulting phonemes are then run through a system that uses a mathematical model to compare with similar words, phrases, and sentences.
- Finally, the mathematical model comes up with text for the most likely version of the original audio.
How to use voice text
These days, voice text is a common feature on various devices, tools, and applications. As a result, using voice text varies between different platforms.
In most cases, access voice text by clicking on the microphone icon found on your keyboard. When you click the microphone, the technology listens to your speech to convert it into text. The conversion won’t happen immediately and can take several seconds to process once you’re done speaking.
Once the conversion is complete, it’s important to review it before sending it. Even though voice text technology is extremely advanced and generally effective, it’s not perfect, and it can be prone to errors.
For example, homophones present a large challenge to voice text technology as there are many examples of words that sound the same but are spelled differently, including “deer” and “dear,” “flour” and “flower,” “eye” and “I,” “die” and “dye,” and so on.
Text conversations quickly get awkward if the voice text messes up and asks when you want to “die” rather than “dye.”
Tips for accurate voice texting
Voice text isn’t perfect, but if you do things to improve its performance, you’ll get better results. Here are some voice text tips.
- Make sure the microphone is at the right distance from your mouth — it shouldn’t be too close or too far. About 10 centimeters is the ideal distance.
- Don’t speak louder than you normally would just because you’re dictating a text. Instead, speak at a normal volume.
- Plan what you’re going to say before you begin the dictation so you speak clearly and with authority.
- Try to avoid gaps in your speech, including filler words like “um,” stutters, and long pauses that can negatively affect the conversion of your speech.
- Include punctuation in your speech by adding the proper punctuation, including commas, periods, and question marks.
- Consider using an external microphone on a high-quality headset rather than the microphone built into your device for more accurate results.
How do I turn on voice text on my phone?
Here’s how to turn on voice text on your phone if it’s not yet activated.
Voice text for iPhones
To turn on dictation for voice text on your iPhone, go to your settings and click “General” and “Keyboard.” Then, turn on “Enable Dictation.” Go back to your keyboard and tap the microphone to begin the dictation, after which Siri will convert your voice into text. Click the keyboard button to return to your keyboard when you’re done speaking.
You can also add punctuation and format text with dictation on your iPhone. For example, you can say out loud “period,” “comma,” “exclamation point,” “question mark,” “quote…end quote,” “colon,” etc. You can also capitalize specific letters and words by stating “caps on…caps off,” “all caps,” “all caps on…all caps off,” and “no caps on…no caps off.”
It’s even possible to add old emojis with Apple’s voice to text. For example, you can say “smiley” to insert :), “frowny” to insert :(, and “winky” to insert ;-).
Voice text for Androids
To turn on voice text on your Android device, go to your settings and click “System” and “Languages and Input.” After that, select “Virtual Keyboard” and “Google Voice Typing.”
From there, choose your desired voice text language and even dialect. For example, it’s important to distinguish British English and American English when converting speech into text.
Download desired speech recognition language if you go offline and need to use voice text. Finally, choose to hide offensive words to replace any offensive words with asterisks.
How do I use Amazon Alexa Skill with TextSanity?
Recognizing the importance of voice text and the convenience of Amazon Alexa, TextSanity set out to develop a skill that allows TextSanity users to send text messages to contacts from Amazon Alexa-enabled devices, including the Amazon Echo Dot.
Link your TextSanity account with Amazon Alexa Skill
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to link your TextSanity account with the Amazon Alexa Skill:
- Using your internet browser, navigate to http://alexa.amazon.com. If you have the Alexa mobile app on your phone or tablet, you can use this route instead.
- Log in to your Amazon Alexa account with your username and password.
- Click on “Settings” located on the TextSanity Skill settings page from the homepage.
- Click on “Link Account.” It will then direct you to enter your TextSanity username and password.
- Verify that your account has been linked by trying to send a text message.
Send a text message with the TextSanity Amazon Alexa Skill
Here’s how to send a text message to an existing contact using the TextSanity Amazon Alexa Skill:
- “Alexa, ask TextSanity”
- “Send a message”
- State the contact name you want to search for
- State the message you want to send
- Alexa will ask if you want to send the message, respond with “yes” if you’re message is correct or “no” if it’s incorrect
Here’s how to send a text message to a phone number that hasn’t yet been added to your TextSanity contacts list:
- “Alexa, ask TextSanity”
- “Send to a phone number”
- State the phone number you want to message
- State the message you want to send
- Confirm that Alexa should send the message by stating “yes” or delete the message by stating “no”
Schedule a text message with the TextSanity Amazon Alexa Skill
If you’re not ready to send a text message right away and, instead, want to schedule it for later using Amazon Alexa, here’s what you need to do:
- “Alexa, open TextSanity”
- “Broadcast a message”
- State the contact tag you want to send the message to
- State the date when you want the message to be sent
- State the time when you want the message to be sent
- State the message that you want to be sent
- Review the details of your broadcast and verify them to Alexa by either stating “yes” or “no”
Sign up for an account today to take advantage of TextSanity’s exciting new Amazon Alexa Skill. If you’re not ready to sign up just yet, schedule a demo to experience everything TextSanity offers.