O'Reilly European Open Source Convention - October 17-20, 2005 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Session

pVoice: Open Source Assistive Technology
Jouke Visser, Senior Developer, Booking.com

Track: Emerging Topics
Date: Thursday, 20 October 2005
Time: 11:35 - 12:20
Location: St. John's Room II

Usually we work on open source projects that solve a particular problem for ourselves. Not many people have come up with the idea to solve a problem for people with disabilities.

pVoice is an example of an open source project that tries to enable people who can't speak, and have other physical challenges to overcome, to generate speech via an easy to use interface. It is, however, one of the very few projects of its kind.

In this talk, Visser explains what pVoice is and why he started the project. He'll try to interest participants in starting other open source initiatives for the disabled. Visser also gives some useful information on special needs regarding user interface, input and output devices, as well as discusses some helpful toolkits.



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