Category Archives: Speech impaired

Tune in, turn on

Auto-Tune is software that can make bad singers sound competent, or game show hosts sound stoned. Wonder if the technology could also be used to modify the voices of people with dysarthric speech so that speech recognition applications would recognize … Continue reading

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Tweet spot

Roger Ebert (again) on the value of Twitter as augmentative communication: “Twitter for me performs the function of a running conversation. For someone who cannot speak, it allows a way to unload my zingers and one-liners. One of the problems … Continue reading

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We’re speechless

Researchers in Germany have come up with a pretty cool piece of technology: measure the facial muscle movement as someone is silently mouthing words, translate that into the equivalent sounds, and send the results via phone or other device. We … Continue reading

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Two thumbs infuriated

We’ve previously discussed the benefits of running augmentative communication software on mainstream platforms, such as computers and iPhones, over having monopurpose AugCom devices. Cost efficiency is one argument; normalization another. But in the middle of this month’s moving Esquire interview … Continue reading

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Tweet board of youth

OK, so Tyler Menscher, the first kid to Tweet in utero, is almost a year old, and probably still going through Twitter withdrawl. Fear not, boychik; someone has hacked a Fisher Price Activity Sensor so that sustained pressure on one … Continue reading

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Follow the bouncing ball

Adults and elders can have a variety of priorities when selecting assistive technologies–efficiency, cost, portability, durability, etc. Kids tend to have one: whether or not the technology makes them look cooler, or at least as cool, as their peers. Take … Continue reading

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