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  • This is the machine that court reporters used in a courtroom to type out everything that is said in the courtroom.

  • It is currently plugged into my laptop.

  • So basically everything that I type goes in here and gets translated.

  • This is the initial side of the keyboard, so it's like starting letters.

  • These are vowels, and this is the final side.

  • So, like finishing letters.

  • And this is an asterisk.

  • When I put an asterisk, it deletes the word that was above it.

  • To type on it, you have to push down the keys at the same time, so I'm going to spell the word girl.

  • Mhm.

  • So that spells girl.

  • So it went in there and then it translated it to girl.

  • If I wanted to spell the word zoo, for instance, I'd push these down at the same time.

  • And it translates in here to zoo.

  • Long story short, it just takes too long.

  • Stenographers pushed down multiple keys at the same time to spell one word with each stroke, so this was just Mickey smashing.

  • That was six strokes, so that would be six words.

  • So stenographers can write 225 words a minute.

  • So when there's multiple people talking in court, they can keep up with that too.

  • So now I have to ask, How many words per minute can you type today?

  • I'm going to show you guys What letter corresponds to each key.

  • So this is the initial side.

  • This key is S T P H, and this is also s K W r.

  • These four keys are the vowels, the vowels they have r a O E and you So this is the final side of the keyboard.

  • This is F p l t d r b g s z.

  • This whole middle key here is an asterisk.

  • You may have noticed that this doesn't include every letter in the alphabet.

  • To get every letter in the alphabet, we have to use a combination of keys A B, C d e f g h i j k l m N o p Q r, S, T, u, V, w, X, y and Z You can't do the full alphabet with the final side of the keyboard, but you can do B d f g j k l m N p r S T v X Z.

  • Here is a visual representation.

  • Long story short, no.

  • And here's why Court reporters can indicate between speakers they can read back what was just said.

  • And they can also understand accents pretty well.

  • Software available to us right now just isn't close enough to being 100% accurate in a court of law.

  • Like think about all the time Syria's misheard you.

  • There isn't much room for error in a court.

  • Also, imagine if there was a loud sneeze or cough in the courtroom.

  • This could mess up any software or audio recording you have, whereas a court reporter isn't confused about who's speaking and what a cough is.

  • Also having everything typed out versus an audio or a video recording makes it easier for anyone to go back and reference the transcript almost immediately.

  • There are also other uses for stenography.

  • Real time captioning is needed for people who are hard of hearing or death.

  • Also, captioning for movies shows anything.

  • One minute isn't nearly enough time to explain this, and I'm still a student, so I'm still learning to.

This is the machine that court reporters used in a courtroom to type out everything that is said in the courtroom.

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