New technology from Voiceitt is built to translate indecipherable language into clear communication. The Talkitt app is not based upon standard speech recognition, according to Danny Weissberg, co-founder and CEO of Voicett.
“We are using pattern recognition which is personalized for the speaker. For example, a person with cerebral palsy might say ‘sho-ko-la’ when he really means to say ‘chocolate.’ The app is will recognize that based on the user’s own personalized, pre-recorded dictionary.”
An Abilities Buzz newsletter reports that once downloaded, Talkitt software will run on smartphones and tables. To facilitate the software’s use, an individual with a speech disability will record a word and then that individual or a caregiver will link what they have spoken to a word on the application. Different languages can also be selected, the newsletter notes. Once in play, the newsletter states, the system is designed to draw on this voice database to facilitate communication with people the user encounters on a daily basis.
The company reportedly expects that Talkitt will go live in the first quarter of 2015. Voiceitt’s team is finalizing development, have created working demonstrations, and initiated a seed rounding funding campaign with the crowd-funding platform Indiegogo to bring the product to market.
In the newsletter, Weissberg adds, “There are so many possibilities to incorporate our model. We also plan to expand our technology into sophisticated gaming for the disabled as well as the mass market, allowing people to use their voice to operate a computer game or other application.”
Source: Abilites Buzz