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Give me a minute – indicating when eye tracker software is in use

For many high-tech assistive communication (AAC) users, it is difficult to see when they are composing a message. Two examples are eye gaze users and switch users, where it may not be clear when they are actively preparing speech.

We implemented a system that visually indicates when communication software is being used. This enables a more natural interaction and encourages good communication practice; giving adequate time for composition and respecting personal space. The visual feedback reassures others in the conversation that the AAC user is actively involved.

Electronic aid for deaf client

The client could not tell when he was shouting in a normal conversation. The solution was an electronic belt-mounted aid, which measures the difference between the client’s voice and the ambient noise level. It vibrates when this difference exceeds a pre-determined amount alerting the client to the fact that he is shouting. He is now […]