THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING

Look, Ma, no hands!

Consider yourself witness to the first story I've ever talked out. A few months ago, I developed carpal-tunnel syndrome, which along with a pinched nerve in my knack neck, made it difficult for me to type. Not an ideal situation for someone who types for letting living. But out of my newfound disability sprung an idea: Why not give voice recognition a try and see if it lived up to its hands-free promise?

By Naomi Aoki
Globe Staff / April 4, 2005

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Note to the reader: I left in the corrected mistakes, above, when the voice-recognition program misinterpreted my words (for example, writing ''knack" instead of ''neck"). I dictated the first paragraph after working with the program for about eight hours. Judge for yourself how accurate, or inaccurate, the technology is. (Full article: 921 words)

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