Back in the day - late 80' and early 90's - I worked for a Lanier Office products distributor; it was a fun job, I got to interact with a lot of people each day and so on. The technology was pretty cool too, for that era; among other things, we actually had a VoiceWriter digital dictation system that could process speech and convert it to written text. It was not a full-on continuous dictation system like Nuance's Dragon Dictate, or the Lanier HealthCare dictation products of today, but it allowed physicians to greatly speed up the dictation of case notes by allowing them to use keywords to generate stock phrases. This was running on an Intel 486 processor, too!
This is a typical digital Lanier dictation station of the day