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Roger Ebert, Voice of the Movies: 1942-2013

Beloved film critic Roger Ebert passed away yesterday at the age of 70. As the world mourns the loss of Ebert, who won a Pulitzer Prize for journalism in 1975, we recognize how much his highly regarded reviews helped us to see through the filmmaker’s lens more clearly: to celebrate and appreciate excellence, and to … Continue reading

Hand in Glove, Part 2

Are gloves the newest thing in AAC technology? After writing last week’s post about Emdad, I came across Enable Talk – speech generating gloves that can translate sign language into text and then into spoken words. Hand gestures are translated through a text-to-talk engine connected to a smartphone. Invented by QuadSquad, a team of four … Continue reading

Hand in Glove

William Broad, a 73-year-old grandfather, had a stroke two years ago. As a result, he lost his ability to speak. Because of physical limitations due to the stroke, he was unable to use a computer effectively to communicate. Clearly, the only other option available to him, spelling out words on an alphabet board, was frustrating. … Continue reading

Stephen Hawking: Pushing the boundaries of the (speech-generation) universe

British physicist Dr. Stephen Hawking has lived for nearly 50 years with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a degenerative motor-neuron disease. As well, he is the world’s best-known user of speech-generation technology. For formal presentations Dr. Hawking composes text in advance and plays it back through a speech synthesizer. Day-to-day communication is a different story: while he … Continue reading

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