The challenge: Many kids with autism have difficulty using spoken language to communicate. High tech assistive devices are available but they can be very expensive.
How this project addresses the problem: Making available a low-cost, open source version of the high-tech speech generating devices used in speech therapy for children with autism.
This project might be world changing: When I bought a speech generating device for my son, the sticker price was over $6,000 USD. It was difficult for us to acquire this expensive piece of medical equipment and required the generosity and help of many people to make it possible. Even though we now have the device, we do not take it everywhere because of concern of possible breakage or loss. Imagine a world where every child with language delay had a portable speech generating device that was inexpensive enough to be treated like toy! These devices would also be based on open source designs, so parents and autistic individuals themselves could repair or customize their device!
Use of this device consists of
- Touch screen
- Swipe to see next icon
- Press icon
- Hear spoken word
- Resistive touch
- advantages: lower cost, 10 years of documentation, dictates simplicity of user interface design
- disadvantages: cannot swipe?, requires stylus?, frustrating for kids?
- Capacitive touch
- design considerations: power consumption, noise reduction, gesture recognition
- can arduino mouse library drive capacitive touchscreen?
- flash memory
- media assets
- Raspberry Pi
- operating system
- media assets