Sense and sensitivity

The good folks at Dartmouth’s MetroSense initiative are hard at work prototyping two interesting mobile applications with potential access implications. SoundSense can analyze audio information and provide feedback on whether it’s a voice, music, or just noise; imagine this being used by deaf people to know when someone is trying to speak to get their attention, or to get a feeling for what the latest hot tune is like. CenceMe uses programmable gestures or ambient events to interpret what an individual is up to and send this information to social networking software, which could be a useful communication strategy for people with severe communication or physical disabilities. Dartmouth’s motto is “A voice crying in the wilderness;” let’s hope some commercial entity is listening.

MetroSense: Our projects

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