The Petrana Voice Commands for DVD enable you to watch and control movies, other DVD videos, video CDs, compact discs, and Windows media files on your computer or computer-based Home Theater System entirely by voice command. The Petrana Voice Commands for DVD are one component of the full Petrana system.
The Petrana Voice Commands for DVD transform a computer, computer projector, and wireless microphone system into a voice operated Home Theater System and wall display computer, the computer for the 21st-century. Voice operated Home Theater Systems and wall display computers liberate the computer user from sitting in a chair, pounding on a keyboard, clutching a mouse, squinting at a monitor, or hunting for a remote-control while operating their computer/Home Theater System. The Petrana Voice Commands for DVD are now available from GFT Group Inc.
The Petrana Voice Commands for DVD are also an assistive technology that enables persons with a disability such as a spinal cord injury, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, or any other condition that makes it difficult or impossible to use the hands to play DVD movies, other DVD videos, video CDs, compact discs, and Windows media files easily on their computer using voice-recognition (speech-recognition). This assistive technology can make life more enjoyable and more fulfilling for a person with a disability.
The Petrana Voice Commands for DVD require Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional 8 or 7.3 voice-recognition (speech-recognition) software from ScanSoft Corp. and the InterVideo WinDVD media player. Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional 8 or 7.3 is a high-end sophisticated commercial voice-recognition (speech-recognition) program with a sophisticated scripting language and built-in support for Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and many other commonly used computer programs. Petrana will not work with lesser versions of Dragon NaturallySpeaking such as the Standard or Preferred versions. Dragon NaturallySpeaking is used by many disabled persons as an assistive technology and has a proven track record of improving the lives of persons who have difficulty using their hands or cannot use their hands. Dragon NaturallySpeaking has helped people with spinal cord injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other conditions. Dragon NaturallySpeaking is also used by some professionals and home users. The Petrana Voice Commands for DVD increase the value of the Dragon NaturallySpeaking voice-recognition (speech-recognition) program by adding simple, easy to use support for DVD and media playback and control.
Persons who are completely dependent on Dragon NaturallySpeaking should exercise caution in using the Petrana VoiceCommands for DVD. The voice confirmation feature of the Petrana VoiceCommands turns off the microphone while speaking and then restores the microphone to normal operation. An unusual error or system glitch during this process could result in the microphone being turned off permanently -- this has not happened but is theoretically possible. Since current users have all had some hand function, this has not been a serious concern to date.