Wednesday, November 29th, 1995
© 1992 Steven Halperin
I purchased my Voice Organizer from a catalog on a Continental Airline flight, but Sharper Image carries it also. It is made by a company in California and costs about $199.99, but I had to increase the memory which cost me about $40.00 for the upgrade. It will fit comfortably in the palm of the average hand and the pocket of the shirt.
I bought it because it helps me keep track of appointments by beeping me, and telling me in my own voice what I have to do. I’m not good about remembering birthdays and anniversaries either. I programmed all birthdays, anniversaries and holidays in one sitting up to one year. On the day that I program it to remind me, it will beep me. Most important, it helps me for my business by reminding me what I have to do, hour, by hour, as well as keeping a list of what I have to accomplish for the day. I use it as a list for what I have to accomplish for the day, and this helps to keep me less anxious about forgetting anything I have to do. It will help me to remember when I have to take medication. I think of it as a life organizer.
I don’t enjoy writing and I have ADHD (big time). I never kept track of things when I had to write them. On the organizer, I can erase things after I accomplish them. I’ve had my Voice Organizer for almost two years and I haven’t lost it (which is amazing). I also keep 100 phone numbers in its memory which are retrieved by speaking the name of the person.
This is how it works. When you first get the Voice Organizer, you have train it to recognize your voice by speaking into it. It will identify you, and you only, when making requests. You have to program 34 words into the Organizer that are listed:
- The numbers 1-10
- The days of the week
- The word “no” (if there is a mistake)
Then you put your appointments in up to one full year in advance. For example:
“Dr. Jones appointment 1:00 p.m. Monday, 5/15/96″
I will program it to beep me on Sunday as well as Monday. I will program it to beep me on Monday one hour before the appointment. The manual gives more detailed instructions on doing this and more.
The disadvantages are that vocal recognition can occasionally be distorted because of changes in your voice: a cold, hoarse, etc., but commands can be done manually in that case. Because of it’s electronic nature, you must be very careful about getting it wet.
Overall, it’s a wonderful tool for anyone who is disorganized. It has really been great for me.
This was lifted from The Sharper Image web site:
Our Exclusive Voice-Powered 1024K Organizer!
Instead of typing, just talk into this new Voice Organizer(TM). Your appointments, phone numbers, memos, and figures are stored accurately – available for instant recall in your own voice.
Thanks to voice-recognition technology that trains quickly to the way you speak, entering important information is as easy as saying it. To review a day’s schedule, simply speak the date. To make a call, just say the name.
The phone directory stores up to 400 numbers for 100 names. You can even add, subtract, multiply and divide by voice!
- Save, Erase, Edit keys to manage data
- Select key to access memos or reminders
- Phone key to bring up phone directory
- Train key so computer can learn your own voice
Includes rechargeable batteries, charging stand, lithium backup batteries, and 90-day warranty.