The Rise of Disability Tech

Something we don’t hear enough about is how technology is helping the lives of those with disabilities.  From robots that can help you remember things, to cars that can drive on their own, disability tech is on the rise. Read on to find out more about this fascinating, developing field.

Speech synthesis can be used in a number of ways to support those in need. Primarily, it’s to help people communicate with others. The most famous example of this has to be Stephen Hawking, who uses the technology to turn words into audio. However, it’s also used by the visually impaired, with most operating systems offering software to read text aloud. It means they can get through simple tasks, such as reading a message, without any bother.

TalkItt takes built-in speech synthesis to the next level by providing those with speech disorders the ability to communicate with others effectively. Once the TalkItt app has been downloaded, all a user has to do is to simply speak into the app, and it’ll recognise their vocal pattern and translate it into understandable language. It’s as simple as that.

TalkItt is currently in development and slated for release in mid-2015.

Nowadays, most smartphone operating systems offer built-in personal assistants that can be used to find answers to questions like what the weather will be like tomorrow. However, Amazon recently launched its own variant: the Echo, that does the same thing but built into a home entertainment system rather than a phone. With a $200 asking price, it certainly looks the part and constantly listens for questions.

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