Dictation just got – well – cooler than the word dictation.
Jott, a free text to voice service is basically a voice-controlled notepad. Talk into your cell phone and it sends the transcript to your email.
Say I’m running late for a summer league soccer game, but I need to tell all my teammates that our field has been switched. I call Jott, choose “Team” as the person I want to Jott, and then explain the change in field and the fact that I’m going to be late. Right after I hang up, an e-mail will go to everyone who I put in my Jott “Team” address book, explaining the situation.
Now please bear in mind that I’ve always been a little late on the technological upswing. I’ve never owned a laptop. Never called someone from an iPhone. I don’t use a Blackberry.
I found Jott extremely easy to use. It has enough features along with the flexibility to justify getting it.
Sign up is simple. You log onto the Jott website, set up an account, and reply to a confirmation e-mail. Then, you call 866-JOTT-123 from whichever mobile device you want to use the system with. Jott works with Blackberrys, iPhones, and cell phones.
When you call you’ll be asked to whom you want to Jott (I choose myself) and what you want to Jott (I choose to say, “Hello world!”). As soon as you hang up the phone, the message will be sent to by e-mail.
Sure enough, about 5 seconds after I hang up, an e-mail appears in my inbox, reading “Hello world!”
You’re personal electronic scribe is now ready to take down all the reminders that you can dish out. And you don’t look like a pompous professor who talks into a voice recorder.
This could be especially helpful for people who are on the road or on the move a lot. You can assign Jott to a one digit speed dial number, allowing you quick access to your virtual notepad whenever and wherever you need it.
It works with blogs, too. You could just talk it out while driving, and then have it immediately posted to your blog upon completion.
A new service accessory allows users to listen to their favorite blogs and RSS feeds through their phone. Jott offers several feeds already (including TechCrunch, Lifehacker, Mashable, SmartMoney, News or Weather).
Want to hear the BizSense blog daily? Jott it, and the feed will be converted to an audio recording and saved until you’re ready to listen to it.
You can also enter your Facebook or Twitter information in order to get automatic updates on those, too. Just like the RSS feeds, updates will be converted to audio, so you can hear just how many times your friends have poked you today. And for the record, the standard electronic voice isn’t terribly annoying; the robotic woman sounds just average enough to neither excite nor enrage you.
Final Verdict: It’s free, and helpful. Some users have complained about voice recognition problems, but I had no trouble getting Jott to understand what I was saying.
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