Navigation Links
'Picture-To-Speech' Projects Help Disabled Speak

A "picture-to-speech" project in Singapore is using a customised personal digital assistant (PDA) to dramatically improve the lives of the intellectually disabled,// innovators said Thursday.

Instead of fumbling with homemade pictures, the handheld innovation helps those with speech impairments express their needs in such everyday tasks as ordering food or asking for medical attention from an archive of commonly-used phrases and graphics.

The initiative is spearheaded by the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS).

"Each picture corresponds to a recorded voice," said programme director Sivaraj Mahaindra. The user clicks on the picture and the software vocalises his selection.

Similar systems are available elsewhere, but Mahaindra said they are more expensive and contain pictures that are rarely used in the city-state. MINDS is also considering adding location tracking to the device.

A prototype is on trial among 20 users. The made-in-Singapore unit costs around Singapore $200. Alternatives cost as much as $1,500.

Eighty percent of the intellectually disabled have difficulty articulating words, Mahaindra said, adding he hopes to have 300 Singaporeans equipped with the PDAs by 2009.

The development effort has received a $92,300 grant from the South Korean electronic giant Samsung.

Source-IANS
'"/>




Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. UNAIDS Chief Appeals for Projects to Battle AIDS/HIV
2. NIH To Launch Two Major Gene and Disease Projects Soon
3. World Bank to Fund Three Health Projects in India
4. Delhi Government Clears Healthcare Projects Worth Rs.1.13 bn
5. Hospital Projects to Take the Weight Off Overcrowded Ones
6. Encephalitis Survivors Face The Risk Of Becoming Disabled
7. Hospital To The Rescue Of Disabled Children
8. High Court: Disabled Baby Should Live
9. Minister Of State For Industry Urges Corporate Sectors To Help Indias Disabled Population
10. Minister of State For Industry Urges Corporate Sectors to help India’s Disabled Populatio
11. Court Rejects Case of Negligence by Disabled Children against the Doctors
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... Veteran Theresa James awoke to the sound ... forever. , In “Healing Tears,” James depicts every parent’s worst nightmare, when her three ... began journaling conversations and situations throughout my divorce,” James said. “After the death of ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... 24, 2017 , ... The world-class designers of Happy Gadget ... novel lifesaving device for the everyday use of parents worldwide. It is a ... read a child’s vital signs, and detect unusual symptoms or physical patterns. This ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... 24, 2017 , ... symplrTM, a leading provider of software ... Kyle Allain has joined the company as Vice President and General Manager of ... payor and managed care solutions. , A seasoned executive with more than ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... MAP ... elevated anxiety levels in people with addiction who are served by MAP’s patient ... biosensing wearable device that monitors heart and breath rates to identify anxiety levels ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... As a former supermodel known for ... The good news for single women is that she put all the words in ... April 25th. Joan's insight, personal experiences and sparkling sense of humor have inspired her ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/20/2017)... April 20, 2017 Research and Markets ... Size, Market Share, Application Analysis, Regional Outlook, Growth Trends, Key ... to their offering. ... global pharmacogenomics market was valued at US$ 7,167.6 Mn in ... 2024, expanding at a CAGR of 5.6% from 2016 to ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... 19, 2017 Cardiology devices segment is anticipated to ... The Cardiology Devices segment is likely to create absolute ... in 2018 over 2017. By the end of 2027, Cardiology ... to US$ 700 Mn, expanding at a CAGR of 18.4% ... Asia Pacific reprocessed medical devices market ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... DALLAS , April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... that the first patients in Nashville ... in the Lower Esophageal Sphincter Stimulation for GERD (LESS ... device designed to provide long-term reflux control by restoring ... GERD affects nearly 65 million people in ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: