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 (AAC) app. The app learns to recognise distinct vocalisations which can be used to select words or phrases to speak. It was a joint project with the University of Sheffield, Barnsley Hospital, Richard Cloudesley School and Central London Community Healthcare.

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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

VocaTempo successfully passed the testing phase of development and is available for download. The app allows dysarthric users to use their distinct vocalisations to select the word or phrase they want to speak. 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 vocalisations.

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.

User Guides

Vocatempo English

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