When I first started using and teaching about voice recognition in 1988, the basic system cost $9,000, not including the computer itself, which had to be a relatively powerful, and therefore costly, machine. Fortunately, the cost of both the hardware and software has dropped dramatically and there are more choices. There are still some powerful voice recognition options that cost thousands. However, it is now possible to purchase a beginning-level voice recognition system for $100 or less, and these will run on a basic multimedia computer. Once an individual has the computer itself, voice recognition is no longer an unusually costly option.