Even though the technology has been around for a few years, speech-to-text has been making waves in both the technical writing community and in many others. Especially the program Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12. A technical writer named Brette Frick posted a blog about the program today on the STC Notebook. (http://notebook.stc.org/business-matters-i-dont-write-any-more/#more-9779)
Having the program myself, even if it is version 11, I think it is the best program anyone who has to write could have. After getting used to the program and learning how to effectively use it, I can now create text documents in a matter of minutes compared to hand typing them. One of the best parts is that the program “learns” how you say things. You can say something and it may mistake it for another word or phrase, you then correct it and Dragon will learn that is what you meant.
For technical writing, it is perfect. It is quicker then hand typing anything and for a student, it just time efficient. As I go out into the business field I know that I will be bringing my copy along. P.S., it even works in Adobe programs. You can get the newest edition for around $57 but I suggest version 11 for only about $32 and they both come with the comfy headphones with microphone attached. (http://www.nuance.com/dragon/whats-new-version-12/index.htm)