Speech to Text: Browse the Internet Online With Your Voice


Google’s newly released Chrome 11 Web browser introduces the ability to convert speech to text, allowing users to more easily conduct online searches or quickly transform dialogue into foreign languages using Google Translate.

Connect a microphone and click on a matching icon that appears within visible Web pages, and you can instantly dictate notes or URLs, which are converted to text and inserted into the current open window or form field. While primarily a boon for the disabled, speech-to-text features (currently available in English only) aim to making computing more accessible and free infrequent typists from the indignity of painfully pecking out five words per minute.

Chrome’s current speech-to-text applications remain limited, only fleetingly hinting at speech recognition’s potential to enhance the Internet browsing experience.

Gear Up Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.