Category Archives: Speech-to-text

The turn of the SQ?

We wrote several days ago about the Dream Screen, a limited Internet access device that might find its niche in a senior/accessibility arena. A portable device with even more potential is the Lighthouse SQ7, which provides a web browser, easy … Continue reading

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Coffee talk

Hammacher Schlemmer is coming out with a coffee maker that politely asks, “Would you like to set the clock or set the coffee brewing time?”, and then responds to your verbal commands. Obvious hands-free implications, and no indication in the … Continue reading

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Sound design

Deaf folks used to get pretty much a free pass through the Internet, since there was minimal sound-only content. This changed with innovations such as podcasts. Now audio has become ubiquitous enough that people are starting to look at recommending … Continue reading

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Presentment or resentment?

E-presentment is a fancy term referring to “the process of delivering traditionally paper-based documents online in electronic formats,” focused on the mainstream audience. Automatic boon for screen reader/text reader users? Not necessarily; the presentation is likely to be in PDF, … Continue reading

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Talk to new iPhone, and it talks back

The slate of features for the new iPhone 3GS has a few items that caught our attention–primarily voice control and voice output. The latter will be great for people with learning disabilities, but still not useful for blind folks until … Continue reading

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Life is tweet

OK, you’re faced with that time-honored choice: get in your car and drive to work, or continue to follow and update your friends on Twitter. OnStar is thinking of eliminating the dilemma by creating a function that lets you create … Continue reading

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