Driving back from work today I had what I'm now convinced was the best idea I've ever had.
Since I couldn't stop to write it down, I pulled out my iPhone with the intention of opening up the Voice Memos app and record my thoughts. This is something I do all the time. I even have a task in my weekly review in OmniFocus to remind me to listen to my voice memos and action them as appropriate.
However, today I quickly glimpsed at my iPhone and saw the Dragon Dictation app. For those unfamiliar with it, this is what how the developers explain it:
Dragon Dictation 2.0 is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon NaturallySpeaking that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text content for everything from email messages to blog posts on your iPad™, iPhone™ or iPod touch™. In fact, it’s up to five (5) times faster than typing on the keyboard.
Sounds pretty good. I downloaded the app a while ago and I've been meaning to try it out, so I thought this would be a good time to give it a go.
Turns out it was a bad idea. I spoke as clearly as I could, waited for the app to upload my voice to convert it to text, and after a few moments saw it had delivered something. I didn't want to take my eyes off the road so I just left it assuming it had transcribed my idea into words.
This is what I got:
Did you write a blog post name my God be a bit website about may be a bit crap what do you a call and all of our street the iPhone up to date dwelling for a day care got a job why don't you come in pairs at a leak school didn't have you worked up about though baby name D and D I got anything just a little bit right back again.
Interesting. Actually quite funny. But useless. And of course, I've now forgotten what that idea was.