What No Special Voice to Text Tool?

Due to neuromuscular spine issues, my fingers sometimes do their own thing when typing on a Google Slide. I find using voice to text instead to be a valuable support. One challenge I have is a Google Slide’s voice to text tool is limited to the speaker notes section. Despite this limitation, it is still possible to use voice typing for designing the canvas area of a slide. 

One popular method is to use voice typing in the notes section. Then to copy and paste the notes section text onto the Google Slide canvas. If a person has a small motor or cognitive challenges, copying and pasting may be frustrating. Instead, I like to use my smartphone or a tablet device to voice type into a text box on Google Slides. 

Quite a few mobile devices come with a voice to text capability. If you need to install an APP for voice to text, try  GBoard by Google keyboard.  Note you may also need to install the Google Slide APP onto the mobile device. It is handy that more than one device may use the Google Slide from one account. I find it helpful to talk into the phone or tablet and watch the type appear on a bigger screen. Doing this makes it easier visually to check grammar or spelling errors on a bigger screen. Using voice to text for typing may unlock doors for many different people from young to old.

Snow No Worries Technology Comes to the Rescue!!!

When you have multiple spine issues, technology comes in for the win on a snowy day! Did I hear you say, “What do I mean by this statement?” Well! Let me share using low tech devices such as a Snow Joe Cordless snowblower does for someone like me.

Low tech devices designed to be light and easy may provide support for the physically challenged, along with independence. Snow Joe comes with the bonus of being easy to maintain due to its battery run low tech simplistic system. Of course, the geek in me dreams about a lightweight robotic snowblower that can run on autopilot. Perhaps, someday this will come to fruition.

Virtual Reality Opening Doors…

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Recently for a combo birthday and retirement gift, I bought an Oculus Quest 2 Virtual Reality (VR) Headset. I purchased it with the intent of staying physically active during a COVID winter. Winters in my area tend to be cold and snowy. During the winter months, it is not unusual to seek out indoor gyms for activities. However, this winter is very different from others due to the COVID challenge.

I’m a person over 60 and with multiple risks. Due to my risks, it only seemed natural to use virtual reality for supporting exercise during a winter of isolation. I’m finding my journey with the Oculus Quest 2 VR Headset is quite beneficial for my health. Within the first few weeks of exploring exercise, dance, and sport demo APPS, healthy changes occurred. I immediately started to see a drop in blood pressure. The biggest surprise was noticing my balance and movement was flowing more freely. As a person with multiple neuro-muscular spine issues, this was exciting!

I’m an advocate for using technology supports for unleashing new possibilities for those who struggle due to physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges. Virtual Reality tools may be the key to open doors for others with disabilities on their journey for a better lifestyle.