Category Archives: Education

Smile and Move Along

We’ve seen a lot of progress in facial recognition recently; now we’ve got facial expression recognition. That’s right, smile to control your wheelchair (or whatever). It’s a control capability and a way to authenticate a user.

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Still better Windows text-to-speech

Balabolka adds new features to free text-to-speech for Windows.  You can import all kinds of files, set the voice characteristics you want, change the speed and emphasis, etc., then export the results as audio files, say for an mp3 player.  … Continue reading

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Cloudy captions

Online captions make videos accessible to people with hearing or language disabilities, and make content indexing and searching possible for everyone.  There are more than a few online captioning tools.  But SpeakerText is a bit different.  It uses speech recognition … Continue reading

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Guten ’nuff

Project Gutenberg is a long-standing project that transfers out-of-copyright books into electronic text formats–usually classic fiction, but there are some oddball gems scattered in as well. Now comes word that some fraction of these titles will be available through the … Continue reading

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Cool for school

Some prestigious universities are starting to accept short videos as part of their admissions applications. This has great implications, particularly for kids with learning disabilities who may need non-written means to show their genuine worthiness. New York Times: To Impress, … Continue reading

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No iPad jokes from us, no sir

We were going to wait until some of the hype died down before considering the accessibility side of the iPad–but fortunately our friend Ricky Buchanan has already started the process. Looks promising! AT Mac: Accessibility and the iPad: First Impressions

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