The LEAP Motion Controller https://www.leapmotion.com/ This tiny device is technology’s biggest advancement yet. Now you can interact with your computer in real, natural ways.
You know, like the human that you are. That’s huge.
With a wave of a hand or lift of a finger, you’re about to change the way you use your computer.
The Leap Motion Controller senses how you move your hands, the way you move them naturally. So you can point, wave, reach, and grab. Even pick something up and put it down.
Just like in real life. It’s an amazing device for the things you do every day and for things you never thought you could do. Just $79.99.
Camera Mouse http://cameramouse.org/ Camera Mouse is a free program that enables you to control the mouse pointer on your computer screen just by moving your head.
Camera Mouse was invented at Boston College to help people with disabilities use the computer. We make it available for free download, with no gimmicks or advertisements or registration, because we want to help as many people as possible.
Logitech K810 Keyboard Can Control Three Devices http://mashable.com/2012/10/15/logitech-k810/ Logitech K810 Keyboard Can Control Three Devices at Once
It’s handy to have a mobile keyboard for your tablet, but wouldn’t it be great if your phone could share the love? With Logitech‘s K810, it can — the Bluetooth keyboard can pair with up to three devices simultaneously, letting your smartphone, tablet and computer all share in its chiclet-style keys and brushed aluminum finish.
TalkTyper http://talktyper.com/ TalkTyper provides Speech Recognition absolutely free. It makes voice dictation freely available to "the rest of us".
Anyone with a computer can use it. That's why we made it!
TalkTyper first became possible when Google introduced speech input in version 11 of its Chrome browser. The speech input is somewhat revolutionary. Prior to that, pretty much everyone had to type to enter any information into a field in the browser. Speech input changes all of that - allowing you to talk rather than type!
Speech input is more than just a novelty. Some may choose to use it because they prefer it to typing. But many will use it because they cannot type. Speech input levels the playing field. It allows anyone to create text on a computer, regardless of most physical disabilities, regardless of dyslexia or dysgraphia, regardless even of literacy. If you can click on a button and speak, you can write on a computer. Even children can do it!
iPad Voice Dictation: Commands List & Tips http://ipadinsight.com/ipad-tips-tricks/ipad-voice-dictation-commands-list-tips/ iPad Voice Dictation: Commands List & Tips
Voice Dictation, or just Dictation as Apple calls it, is one of my favorite features of iOS on the iPad. As I’ve mentioned recently here, I use it more and more and it just keeps getting better. Though Siri may draw more attention, I think dictation is the far more useful feature right now.
If you haven’t tried out dictation on the iPad you really should give it a go. It can be much faster than typing at times. Here are a few little tips and some common commands you can use to get even more out of dictation:
MaKey MaKey http://www.makeymakey.com/ MaKey MaKey An Invention Kit for Everyone
We believe that everyone is creative, inventive, and imaginative. We believe that everyone can create the future and change the world. So we have dedicated our lives to making easy-to-use invention kits.
Before we created MaKey MaKey we worked on other creative tools and invention kits such as Drawdio, Singing Fingers, and Scratch.
What Can I Make?
That's up to you! First, load up a computer program or any webpage.
Transcribe [web-based] audio to text http://transcribe.wreally.com/ Transcribe helps you transcribe audio without having to alternate between an audio player and a text editor.
i2speak : Smart IPA Keyboard http://www.i2speak.com/ The Smart IPA Keyboard lets you quickly type IPA phonetics without the need to memorize any symbol code. For every Roman character you type, a popup menu displays a group of phonetic symbols that share the same sound or shape beneath typed character. Use arrow keys to select the proper symbol then hit the Enter button.
Write phonetics using English alphabet then search the web or post to social networks by clicking the appropriate button
Siri Says : Apple iDevices Assistant http://sirisays.org/ Siri Says : Apple iDevices Assistant
Hints and Tips on usage ... and some Easter Eggs thrown in for good luck.
Dragon Go! [free iPhone App] http://www.youtube.com/user/NuanceMobileChannel Dragon Go! picks up where traditional search engines leave off, taking you directly to the mobile Web site that delivers what you want.
So rather than scroll through pages of blue links – Dragon Go! is one-app access across the mobile Web. Just give it a try – you’ll see what we mean! And, speaking of seeing – check out Dragon Go! in action on the Nuance Mobile Channel on YouTube.
KVM [keyboard video mouse] http://synergy-foss.org/ A KVM device is one that allows you to have multiple computers but run them all from one keyboard, one monitor and one mouse.
When I'm presenting .. I often work with a MacBook, Windows laptop and an iPad ... but the venues usually only have one projector in the room ... so it is a real hassle reconnecting the projector each time I switch machines.
The solution is a KVM device ... do a Google search.
One I'm using at the moment is a Belkin
If all your devices are on one network then there is also a software solution from Synergy-foss
Livescribe smartpens http://www.livescribe.com/en-us/education/learning.html The Livescribe smartpens provide all students with unlimited access to teacher instruction any time, anywhere and provides specific student populations and educational programs with a more customized learning experience.
Students can speed up, slow down or replay a lecture's audio to more effectively develop both oral and written skills.
Students have limitless access to teacher instruction plus the ability to utilize multiple modalities, engage in tactile experiences, and self–monitor by recording their own voice for fluency exams and oral reports.
Gesture-based computing on the cheap http://www.physorg.com/news193566126.html Gesture-based computing on the cheap
MIT researchers have developed a system that could make gestural interfaces much more practical. Aside from a standard webcam, like those found in many new computers, the system uses only a single piece of hardware: a multicolored Lycra glove that could be manufactured for about a dollar.
iPhone App ... Speech-to-Text Transcription http://bit.ly/8PohQu iPhone App Offers Instant Speech-to-Text Transcription
Speech-to-text translation isn’t a new idea, but Dragon Dictation for the iPhone turns the concept into a functional reality. The app makes it easy for you to dictate notes, e-mails or text messages, which are then instantly converted to text.
CamSpace http://www.camspace.com/ CamSpace
Kiss your keyboard, mouse andjoystick goodbye, and start playinggames with your webcam.
Forget your joystick, keyboard and mouse — with CamSpace you can use your WebCam to control your game play!
CamSpace is a no-brainer to install and completely free to use. We support most WebCams so you should have no problem starting to play one of our 13 pre-packaged games within minutes of installation.
A sound start for speech tech http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/click_online/8052004.stm A sound start for speech tech "Like many other technologies, speech recognition has improved over the years and those advances have led to it being used in many more places.
Despite this, the voice recognition software found in computers, handsets and satnav systems, among others, is far from perfect.
But the shortcomings have not stopped the technology industry from selling the idea of voice interaction in ever more novel ways."
TellMe http://www.tellme.com/you TellMe ... voice to text
Tellme combines the passion of people, the innovation of the Internet, the potential of voice technologies, the unprecedented transformation of the phone, plus a few new ideas.
Simply say what you want, and hear or see the results. Then, connect or transact to act on the information.
Tellme and Microsoft share a common vision around the limitless potential of voice as a way to find information, connect with people and enhance business processes, any time and from any device.
Vlingo Voice Control for the iPhone http://mashable.com/2008/12/03/vlingo-voice-iphone/ Vlingo Voice Control for the iPhone
Google introduced voice search for the iPhone; now, Vlingo ups the ante with an application that allows you to search the web, use Google Maps, dial phone numbers as well as update your Twitter and Facebook account, all by speaking into the phone.
The Virtual Laser Keyboard (VKB) http://www.virtual-laser-keyboard.com/ The Virtual Laser Keyboard (VKB) is the ULTIMATE new gudget for Blackberry, Smartphone and PDA owners or MAC & PC users! the VKB comes with an elegant leather jacket, making it the perfect addition to your collection (and just what you want to take out of your inner suit pocket in front of your business colleagues
SpinVox : See your voicemail as text http://www.spinvox.com/ SpinVox converts your voicemails into text messages and sends them straight to your mobile phone or email.
Half-QWERTY http://www.billbuxton.com/matias93.html Half-QWERTY: A One-handed Keyboard Facilitating Skill Transfer From QWERTY
Half-QWERTY is a new one-handed typing technique, designed to facilitate the transfer of two-handed typing skill to the one-handed condition.
It is performed on a standard keyboard, or a special half keyboard (with full-sized keys). In an experiment using touch typists, hunt-and-peck typing speeds were surpassed after 3-4 hours of practice. Subjects reached 50% of their two-handed typing speed after about 8 hours.
KITTY http://cg.calit2.uci.edu/mediawiki/index.php/Research_Projects:_KITTY KITTY is a new hand- or finger-mounted data input device, designed for keyboard independent touch typing and supports traditional touch-typing skills as a method for alphanumeric data input.
This glovetype device provides an ultra-portable solution for quiet data input into portable computer systems and full freedom of movement in mobile VR and AR environments.
The KITTY design follows the concept of the column and row layout found on traditional keyboards, allowing users to draw from existing touch typing skills, easing the required training time.
Dasher : writing without a keyboard (free software) http://www.l4l.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=76&Itemid=1 Dasher : writing without a keyboard (free software)
Free software for writing without a keyboard
David MacKay demonstrated Dasher to us at the BETT 2006 Special Needs fringe - it was nothing short of amazing - this video is 65 mb but worth waiting for...
Although it is software this video demo shows several other types of inputting devices that would be of specific interest to Special Needs students
Alternative location for the video is http://www.ourmedia.org/node/143345
Main Dasher website is at
Windows Vista: Speech Recognition http://tinyurl.com/k8lmj Windows Vista: Speech Recognition
Speech Recognition in Windows Vista empowers you to interact with your computer by voice.
Dictate documents and e-mail messages, fill out forms on the Web, manage applications, and more by speaking.
Speech Recognition with Windows XP http://tinyurl.com/2233d Speech Recognition with Windows XP
Explains how to install and use speech recognition in Windows XP.
Talking Technologies http://www.talking.co.uk/ If you found this page as part of an internet search about speech input, voice recognition, voice to text, voice activation, voice command and control, dictation, screen readers, headsets, transcription, or training, it's probably what you want.
Speech-To-Text, or speech recognition, is the software process that converts speech to text. Although voice recognition, or VR, is often perceived as being the same thing, true voice recognition uses pattern-matching to identify you.
Text-To-Speech, or speech synthesis, is the software process that converts text to speech. Although voice synthesis is often perceived as being the same thing, true voice synthesis uses a mathematical model to generate an artificial voice.
Generally, text-to-speech systems connect digitised fragments of human speech in real time. The final quality depends on the prosody rules
ACE : touchscreens | voice input and output | http://www.ace-centre.org.uk/acemain.asp The Oxford ACE Centre provides a focus for the use of technology with the communication and educational needs of young people with physical and communication difficulties.
ACE : touchscreens | voice input and output |
Speech Recognition and Text to speech http://www.tmaa.com/ recognition, text-to-speech .. a commercial approach.
Covering business news and commercial opportunities created by speech recognition, text-to-speech and speaker verification technologies, published and edited by well-known analyst William Meisel for over ten years
Apple Speech Recognition http://www.apple.com/macos/speech/ You don? have to be a Star Trek fan to know that the computer of the future will talk, listen and understand. That computer of the future is the Apple Macintosh of today. Apple? Speech Recognition and Speech Synthesis Technologies now give speech-savvy applications the power to carry out your voice commands, and even speak back to you in plain English, and now, Spanish.
With a program using Apple Speech Recognition, you can ask ?hat time is it??and hear if you?e late for dinner. You can open your spreadsheet by saying ?pen the February forecast.?Or use voice command to control your starship in a game. The possibilities are as limitless as the human imagination.
English Text-to-Speech (also known as Speech Synthesis) converts text to spoken words. Just imagine having this web page read aloud to you, or having information on your mac read to you over the phone! These, and more, applications are now possible with PlainTalk speech synthesis technology.
Speech Recognition Technology http://www.naace.org/techbrief/hwbriefing2.doc “There is no doubt that voice will be the next interface between humans and machines,” said Dr Judith Markowitz, President of J. Markowitz Consultants. “Computing power and voice recognition accuracy rates have already improved to the extent where voice is now a viable alternative to typing for a growing number of people.
Dragon's NaturallySpeaking http://www.naturalspeech.com/ Quote from a review: "The best overall product for continuous speech recognition, Dragon's NaturallySpeaking is a completely hands-off dictation system for those who enter large amounts of text or have repetitive strain injuries. IBM's ViaVoice, however, works better on lower-end MMX systems."
InfoTalk's speech recognition http://www.infotalkcorp.com/ As a leading provider of multi-lingual conversational speech recognition technology in Asian languages, InfoTalk is the first company to deploy successful speech-activated applications in Great China.