Voice Based Communication

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Vocatempo

Who’s it for?

VocaTempo is designed for people with dysarthria.

What does it do?

VocaTempo is the world’s first voice input augmentative and alternative communication (Communication) app. The app learns to recognise vocal patterns and can turn this into coherent speech. It was a joint project with the University of Sheffield, Barnsley Hospital, Richard Cloudesley School and Central London Community Healthcare.

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What's new

Vocatempo
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  • The World’s First Voice Activated AAC App
  • Download now on iOS and Android Devices

About The Client

VocaTempo was funded by SBRI Healthcare

SBRI provide financial and business support to businesses and organisations to generate innovative technological solutions to healthcare problems. VocaTempo was a collaborative project where Therapy Box was the lead technical partner. VocaTempo has recently completed its second phase of development and is now available for download.

Project Objective

Voice activated Communication device

The objective was to use new advances in speech recognition to create a voice based augmentative and alternative communication app for dysarthric speakers. The project is a collaboration the University of Sheffield, Barnsley hospital and SBRI healthcare

Project Outcome

Beta testing

The app has recently passed the testing phase of development and is available for download. The app interprets voice commands, and generates a clear message using synthetic speech. Trials with young people with moderate to severe dysarthria have yielded very positive results. One participant said, “That is faster than I’d ever imagined… it’s so amazing, because I’m speaking."

Self Learning

VocaTempo learns to recognise your vocal patterns.

The objective was to use new advances in speech recognition to create a voice based augmentative and alternative communication app for dysarthric speakers. The project is a collaboration the University of Sheffield, Barnsley hospital and SBRI healthcare.

First of its kind

First AAC app to use speech input

The app opens up new ways for people with dysarthria to communicate without having to type. Rather than relying on a slow, focus pulling input method such as keyboard typing or switch access, a user can control the app with voice commands.

Speak Faster

VocaTempo is faster than existing alternatives

After just one session with VocaTempo 80% of users were able to generate a message faster using speech commands with VocaTempo than they were with their current everyday communication method.