Respeaking is a fast-writing technique. It is used to produce real-time subtitles of live TV programs but also real-time court reports, and real-time transcripts of conferences or school, college, and university classes. Operationally, the respeaker listens to speakers (teachers, MPs, judges, attorneys, TV presenters, etc.) and simultaneously repeats, reformulates, or translates what they say into a microphone connected to an ASR (Automatic Speech Recognition) software. The latter automatically recognises the respeaker’s voice and turns it into written words, be they real-time subtitles of live TV programs but also real-time court reports, and real-time transcripts of conferences or school, college, and university classes. To be recognised, the words dictated by the respeaker need to be present in the software dictionary. A stenomask allows respeakers to work in an environment which is not soundproof.
The Velotype keyboard is a Dutch invention by Marius den Outer and Nicolas Berkelmans, dating back to a mechanical version end of the 1930’s.
Wim Gerbecks and Sander Pasveer modernized the keyboard in 2009.
By pressing several keys simultaneously, complete syllables and words can be made,
instead of typing character by character. The keyboard has a very ergonomical design.
The keyboard can be used in more than 30 different languages and is mainly being used for live subtitling and speech to text.
A velotypist or text interpreter listens to the speaker and normally tries typing at the same speed of the speaker, writing down everything he/she says. But text can also be edited/changed real time in case the speaker is speaking too quickly, speaking unclear or if the setting or audience requires edited output