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Simon - speech activated user interface for KDE

Aug 24, 2009, 19:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Troy Unrau)

"Simon is a speech recognition subsystem that can be tied into X11 or Windows and, using a plugin-based architecture, can be used to control the user interface. The name simon is a derived from the children's game, 'Simon Says', but in this case, 'Simon Listens'. The application is intentionally lowercased while the financial support organization is called SIMON listens. It is also apparently a back acronym for Speech Interaction MONitor. Peter Grasch writes on the project's origin:

"The school [I was attending in 2006] has a subject called "project development" where students group to develop smaller projects with external companies. During the search for a project we were approached by Franz Stieger, a teacher for special needs children who in his day-to-day work was confronted with children who suffer from spasticity. Because their limited motor control they are not able to write clearly with a pen nor are they comfortable writing texts on a keyboard. Franz wanted to know, if it would be possible to use speech recognition software to help them participate in the classroom."

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