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The Voicewriter

The Voicewriter, the machine I am currently using to write this entry, is a machine capable of turning spoken words into written ones. Invented roughly 80 years before I am writing this, by some artificer in Albion, from what I've been able to gather. I ordered two of them, and the innards of the second are currently sitting on this desk. It uses some sort of electric-crystal, which vibrates as I talk, and somehow either the machine or the crystal manages to turn those vibrations into words, that are then converted into text on a scroll, which is currently poking out from the top of the machine. To put it simply, "Typewriter that can hear".


My contacts tell me that one of the best uses of this contraption is to record meetings, without hiring stenographers. My turning a knob on the side of the machine, the range at which it detects sound changes, enabling the use of several in one room, one per speaker, and one to record all the speakers at once. Another use is among authors and newspaper writers, who don't enjoy typing for long hours, Though I think that is more than made up for by the strain on one's throat. Oddly enough, I've been told that many schools ban it's use by students, as they consider the pain of writing for hours on end a "right of passage", which will "improve character" and decrease laziness.


The voicewriter I received has a sleek black coating, with the only decoration being my own name. The company I bought it from does all their models by hand, and to the customers specification, as appears to be the norm among the high end distributors, though cheaper, mass produced one lack the customisation.
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4 Jul, 2021 11:30

I love how students can't use them, more proof that school is torture xD Love the article!

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4 Jul, 2021 11:35

I like the old timey type-writer-y feel I get from this. I can practically picture the dusty study where this is being written in.   I also like the glimpses you've added into the society and how they view the device, too. The rite of passage/improve character is so true it hurts.   All in all, very well done.   Some questions I might ask is how has this machine changed society? How long has it been around? Are there competitors, failed or successful, and are there any fun superstitions surrounding it?   Good stuff :D

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26 Aug, 2021 11:49

I like this! It would be interesting to know more about how it works, but equally I enjoy the mystery of having a narrator who doesn't know everything about it.   I also love this line: "a "right of passage", which will "improve character" -- does a great job of getting some fun character across in very little space.