Monday 8 September 2014

SWAN open source AAC

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SWAN enables severely disabled folk to communicate their needs and thoughts to their friends, family and carers.

Development of an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device for people who can't talk or see. An android phone running the SWAN app says the alphabet, the user selects letters to form a sentence. Selection can be done using any AAC switch, via SWAN's electromagnetic interface. Selection is also possible using only the phone's internal sensors, including sip & puff capability. The message can be read or can be sent as a text message. SWAN is completely open source, the app will be free. 

SWAN will enable someone to communicate, who, through disease, injury or approaching death, can't talk, see or write. If they can hear, and are able to make a movement, they can use SWAN to write a word or message. Instead of being trapped, unable to say they're thirsty, or that they love you. The incommunicado.

A blog detailing this project, separate from Lateral Science, can be found here

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The high explosive picric acid (246 trinitrophenol), used as a dye
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