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I am looking for some device that would allow me to use a stenomask without having to hold it with my hand (i.e., to have a hands-free stenomask). I plan to use the stenomask for speech recognition with my computer.

The only options I have found so far are:

  1. Vocedit's Hands Free Mask Stand, which can accommodate either the Martel or the TalkTech stenomask:

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  1. The Sylencer SmartMic SM 200 has a snap-on head-strap option available, but the strap is not comfortable.

    They do seem to have some plan to improve the hands-free option though, according to this Facebook comment:

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  1. Phil Kaufman's Voxrite hands-free option, but they do not to sold their hands-free device anymore (I was told they might sell them again in the future, to be checked in ~six months).

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What are other devices achieving that goal?

Any price is good.

  • You seem to answer your own question quite well. – NZKshatriya Dec 7 '16 at 3:46
  • @NZKshatriya I would be glad to hear about other solutions. I'm especially interested in hands-free solutions that do not involve placing a stand on the desk, so that one can move one's head while still using the stenomask. – Franck Dernoncourt Dec 7 '16 at 3:48
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    There are references to a military version that is akin to a headset mount, but I have yet to come across it. – NZKshatriya Dec 7 '16 at 3:49
  • @NZKshatriya Thanks, I would be very interested! I was indeed thinking about some design similar to gas mask, headset mount, or even helmet. Please let me know if you find them. – Franck Dernoncourt Dec 7 '16 at 3:52
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You can use HANDSFREEDesign's HANDSFREE Gadget:

  • It is a strap that attaches to the Sylencer SmartMic SM 100 or 200
  • It cost 39.99 USD
  • Only ships within United States. (takes 1 or 2 weeks to ship)
  • It can be used on both the regular mouth piece and the large mouth piece that covers your nose.
  • The device is supposed to have great grip (I haven't tried)
  • The grip is adjustable.

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You can use Vox Helpers' stenomask stand:

  • supports the Sylencer SmartMic SM 100 and 200
  • C-clamp is 2" wide and easily attaches to most work spaces. Other options are available for an extra charge:
  • Mask can be easily removed in a second:
  • You can bind to the shape that you need no matter what you have to clamp it to.

I don't know the price though, and their website is down. It is unclear whether they can still be purchased.

Some pictures:

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C-hook that holds the Smartmic or mask:

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Close-up of Smartmic/mask holder without cover:

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C-clamp is 2" wide and easily attaches to most work spaces. Other options are available for an extra charge:

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C-clamp in horizontal position:

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Mask can be easily removed in a second:

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You can bind to the shape that you need no matter what you have to clamp it to:

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  • @NZKshatriya it is encouraged on Stack Exchange websites to answer one's own questions. Besides, it took me some time to find some solutions (more exactly, a nice guy emailed me pointers to these two solutions). – Franck Dernoncourt Dec 7 '16 at 3:49
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The new Martel Dragon Stenomask has an all-digital USB microphone that improves the speech recognition. Setting the new Standard for real-time voice recognition for court reporters. see it here. Revolutionary Dragon Stenomask for Court Reporters.

Thanks Carl

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