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Issue 6.6



Issue: 6.6 (September/October 2008)
Author: Dave Mancuso
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This actually started with I Want Sandy. I had set up a web service (Sandy, http://iwantsandy.com) for my to dos, but I wanted a way to easily get things to my to do lists while I was driving. I found Jott, a voice recognition system that could transcribe voice calls into email messages. And it could email Sandy. Jott has access to a number of other web services via its "links," using its published API. Jott seemed like it was a good answer for me, so I tried it.

Jott.com lets you sign up with the phone number you'll use as a username. Jott will register your phone number once you verify it by calling in (to 1-800-JOTT-123, where you'll also call to send messages). You can register multiple phone numbers with Jott if you'll be calling in from more than one place. You'll also need to enter a main email address. Jott will use this email to send you a confirmation note each time it transcribes a Jott. You can set multiple emails to receive your Jotts. You can customize what information is sent to your email addresses (your Jotts, confirmations of Jotts sent to other services like I Want Sandy, and daily or weekly emails from Jott itself). Finally, you set up your contacts, the emails you want to send your transcribed messages to. Your own email, friends, business contacts, or even special lists in Jott are all possible destinations for your transcribed Jott emails.

Once you set things up, you can call Jott. The service will answer and ask "Who do you want to Jott?" You name your contact (e.g., "Brad"), and Jott beeps for you to begin dictation. After you speak your message and stop, Jott hears the pause and says "Got it." Jott tended to hear me unless I had a bad cell connection, in which case it said it was sorry it didn't catch my message and asked me to try again?

Transcription was fairly accurate. You can edit your Jotts on the website if you've used it for note taking or record keeping, and hear your original voice recording if needed.

You have other options for your Jotts: lists and links. Lists are set up on the website. When you call Jott you speak the list's name instead of a contact and your Jott is saved to that list on the website.

Links are even better. You can have Jotts sent to Twitter, Remember the Milk, a Google Calendar, Wordpress, the list goes on.

The more you explore Jott, the more you see its functionality. Better yet for REALbasic developers, you could use the Jott API to tie it into your own website (perhaps your Yuma-developed website?). Jott's possibilities are very worthwhile to explore.

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