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Free Icon-To-Speech: Open-Source Speech for Disabled

Nov 26, 2008, 10:33 (3 Talkback[s])

"I had just received my OLPC through the Give One Get One program and had a sense of curious excitement about this new platform, and little idea of the possibilities. "Hi Matt, what's that thing?" asked Sue. The green laptop had caught her eye. After I explained, she immediately thought, "Could this help my daughter?"

"Based on Cynthia's use of other computers, Sue expected that she could probably use the OLPC's touchpad, and possibly the keyboard. After a quick web search, I used the built-in Espeak utility from the command line to make the OLPC say, "Hello, this is a test of speech synthesis."

"The missing piece was a software interface to allow Cynthia to select concepts to speak through a menu of icons. Free Icon-To-Speech is that missing piece: it is an open-source software Activity designed to transform the OLPC into a Augmentative Assistive Communication device with more functionality and ruggedness than devices that cost over ten times as much."

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