This question is a really good indication that people who use systems like this are accepting the technology and looking for new levels of efficiency. Although a great idea, neither of these features currently exist in EMDECS.
The voice command request is to be able to add notes to a repair order through dictation. We could imagine even more voice command functions such as indicating what job to clock onto in Tech RO, or what part to research and/or issue to a repair order. The possibilities are many.
The hand writing request follows interesting inroads being made with regards to how people interface with mobile devices. Certain iPad applications for example allow you to ‘write’ on the screen using a stylus and the app will ‘read’ the handwriting and convert it to text. EMDECS cannot fulfill this request as such at the time that this article is being written, but our integrated PM inspection forms in the 2nd generation of EMDECS will capture a technician’s signature to certify that inspection defects have been repaired. This can be done using a mouse when on a PC. A stylus or a finger can be used to sign the certification when on a device with a touch screen.
A couple of great ideas that might eventually be brought to EMDECS if they are deemed trustworthy, able to improve efficiency and able to reduce the time spent on computers.