Not addressed: deafness
Posted Oct 22, 2012 16:54 UTC (Mon) by smassy
In reply to: Not addressed: deafness
Parent article: Accessibility and the open desktop: everyone gains by it
Yes, although desktop accessibility itself may not require as big
a leap, save for visual alerts, the role of computing in social
accessibility for deaf people is quite important.
There is some very usable speech recognition software out there,
both for the desktop computer and mobile platforms.
Speaker-independent speech-to-text seems to have improved
greatly, especially on the latter, fueled in part by the need to
provide a good hands-free experience for driving users.
On the FOSS side, though, things seem to have been moving fairly slowly
and efforts seem to be fragmented somewhat. One of the biggest
challenges, as I understand, is presented by the scarcity of free
accoustic models necessary to build good speech recognition
engines. The VoxForge
project was started as an attempt to remedy to that lack.
In the meantime, there is the Ubuntu Speech
Input app for Android, which basically turns an Android
smartphone into a text input module for Linux. Does anybody know
whether the speech recognition code in Android is open? If so, it
would be a start of sorts.
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