If I Could Invent Something...
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When was the last time you met a person who loved to write, but could not because of a disability involving the hands? Well, it is quite a loss that this person cannot write–even though he yearns to—because the only current way to write is to use hands to write or type. It is also a shame that some of us, who do have two good hands, do not always make use of that blessing to write. Of course, some of us have reasons for not writing much. For instance, we may have tried the best we can to type but we cannot seem to master it. Maybe we do not have enough time to practice typing. Some of us may think that we should avoid typing articles into a word processor because it causes eye strain. Furthermore, others decide that typing is a waste of time and we can use our time for a more worthwhile activity. Besides, we say, writing already takes me enough time without the additional requirement of learning how to type!
All of the above reasons are true. In this generation of technology, besides putting together the words and sentences for the article we writers must use a keyboard along with a utility program for writing on a computer. When I type my articles, it usually takes a long time because I type slowly. After such a long time of typing, my eyes begin to hurt as if they are on fire and my wrists begin to feel as if they are about to fall off.
So one day, after typing an essay that was longer than usual, I had this idea: What if, instead of using my hands to type an article, I could use a machine to record my voice to type the article?
This machine would be called EW, the initials for "Easy Writer”, and it would be comprised of two parts.
The first part would be what I call EE, for "Easy Essays". EE would be a tiny rectangular machine approximately the size of your palm and include a small clasp behind it to fasten it onto the edge of the computer screen. This would be placed straight in front of you—first, so EE could operate properly and second, so EE could accurately distinguish the words you speak. Whatever accent you have as you speak into EE should not matter because EE would be designed to understand the pronunciation regardless of accent. To make the process quicker, Easy Essays would not type in your words letter by letter, but display entire words. As a result, the machine would always be typing one word behind you.
ED, which stands for "Easy Deletes", is the second part of the machine. As you may have guessed by its name, you would use ED to correct any mistakes that EE might make. But how would ED correct a mistake? That is a good question. ED would be connected to the computer and have a miniature version of the Word Document being shown on the computer; it would track of the words that EE already typed into the computer. Then if EE ever makes a mistake (which would be rare, I assure you), all you must do is touch the incorrect word on the touch screen and speak it again to EE and then, that particular word will be corrected. ED would be similar to the remote control that you use to operate a television. ED would not be clipped onto the computer. Instead, ED could be placed on your desk or be in your hand to make it more convenient to use.
“But why would you want to invent this?” you say. “I already type everything using the computer and I think typing on a keyboard is a convenience, not a hindrance. EW does not sound extra useful to me.”
To be honest, I usually write at least two drafts onto paper first and then finally, I type in my writing into Microsoft Word, editing and revising as I go. Therefore, EW probably would not be such a great convenience if one does not write all the drafts onto paper beforehand. But, EW still could be useful in many ways. Firstly, sometimes I don’t know how to start my essay so I say my thoughts out loud. But after I have said everything that I wanted to say, I forget what I said and how I said it! And if I had said everything to EW, everything would have been recorded and all I would need to do is edit my thoughts. Secondly, I want to invent this for people that have a disability involving the hands. This would let the people who have been helping them to translate their words onto paper and be able to complete other things because they do not have a problem of talking, but of typing.
If EW was invented for real, it would not take as long to write with EW because speaking is much faster than typing. It would give a writer that did not have good hands the opportunity to write with his voice. Also, people could spend more time completing more worthwhile undertakings. We would not stare at the screen for long periods of time and damage our eyes. In addition, people who have tried to type but could not master it, could use EW because EW requires no learning. But most of all, if EW was invented, Easy Writers would open doors for a future-less person to finally fulfill his dream, changing his life in ways that have been thought “impossible” for centuries.