A Crown Point company has created computer software enabling
consumers to better use off-the-shelf speech recognition software.
Custom Speech USA, which recently began marketing its new speech
recognition software, hopes its product will prevent some of the
perils of the industry.
The software has traditionally been used by the medical
community, enabling users to talk to a computer so notes and other
information can be transcribed quickly. However, some area medical
professionals said the software causes more problems than it solves
because there were too many mistakes which often had to be corrected
manually, taking up valuable time.
That's where Custom Speech USA plans to improve the market.
Established in 1997, the software was five years in the
development stage. It is designed to be used along with Dragon
Naturally Speaking and IBM Via Voice, either together or
Both companies offer consumers software development kits,
allowing consumers to expand or change software to suit their needs.
Custom Speech USA began marketing its software in late April. The
company now has 15 full- and part-time employees, along with a host
of resellers who travel across the world selling its software -- to
be used along with the popular off-the-shelf speech recognition
Ted Rosdil, business manager, said the software is targeted at a
wide variety of professions.
"Law firms, accounting firms, the medical community, business
offices, manufacturers, anyone can use this software," he said.
"It's not difficult to use. But busy professionals don't have time
to correct the mistakes. The off-the-shelf products require doctors
to act as their own typists and they don't have time to do that.
This software makes IBM and Dragon products better."
Chuck Runquist, a New Jersey-based independent technical
consultant who formerly worked as a product manager with Lernout
& Hauspie producers of Dragon Naturally Speaking, said he worked
with the software development kits before he left the company in
"There were a number of things that I had planned to change in
Version 6, but when I talked to the people at Custom Speech, they
were already providing some of those solutions on an independent
basis," Runquist said.
"This product will fill a much-needed niche," he said. "Many
doctors and lawyers don't want to go through the complex process of
registering their voice which is what the other products require.
Custom USA has removed the tediousness of it. It allows anyone to
edit, modify and produce accurate text."
Rosdil said the company was just awarded a contract with the Los
Angeles Coroner's office, and one of their software designers will
be going there to install it.
The software -- which also can be downloaded from the Internet --
sells for $549, and currently has a $99 rebate.
Carmen McCollum can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (219)