Ok, I don’t really know the guy personally, but Zach Anner, Oprah’s pick to host a travel show on her new station does live in my part of town. His mother just penned an opinion piece “(Changing Perceptions of People with Disabilities)” in the Buffalo News today. It’s a great piece dealing with the media’s […]
Don Norman, one of the originators of cognitive science and modern technology design, castigates the university culture for producing designers with little practical experiences and limiting dissemination to research-based journals. I agree. there is a significant schism between the academic and practical disciplines, in terms of priorities, as well as the techniques used top investigate […]
(thanks Cre). Norman’s critique of current design in technology comes at a good time in our field. Do we design my testing, or from the subjective and personal approach? Take a read (link).
(Thanks, NYT) First there was the Turing Test, a benchmark for computer intelligence via conversation. Now perhaps, there is the Ebert Test, a way to see if a synthesized voice can deliver humor with the timing to make an audience laugh: (link).
Ebert’s back on TV! His new show, Reviewing at the Movies is due to hit PBS in January. Ebert will host a segment, using his Mac and synthetic voice to give his review. Kudos Roger! (link). I’ve included a Youtube link to the pilot.
Three brain control interfaces (BCI) in one day? Coincidence you say? Or perhaps something GrEaTeR (sorry no scary fonts) is at work here! Anyway….. our first offering is the “go-cart” of the crowd: A BCI adapted from a Mattel Mindflex game controller to play his Moog Synthesizer. Leave it to Robert Schneider – founder of […]
This book details the early history of speech synthesis, particularly the Vocoder, which still finds use today as a music synthesis tool. What’s most interesting to me is the youtube video below of a 1940’s vocoder demonstration (see below). Think about the relative advances that have or haven’t occurred over the last 60 years. Certainly […]
Kudos to our friend Cliff Kushler for his new keyboard invention. Cliff, one-time engineer at Prentke Romich and developer of the T9 cellphone typing system has developed a gesture recognition system for speeding up typing on small handheld devices. His collaborator is Randy Marsden, President and CEO of Madentec. We look forward to some great […]
Ok guys, Here we go! The first AAC review of the iPad! Glenda Watson makes a compelling case for the utility of the iPad as an AAC device. Take a look! (link).
Virginia is 99 and the iPad is her first computer. The video exempifies the potential for personalized technologies like the iPad for enabling people to be people again (thanks Kat). (link with video)