MyVoice - Context Aware Communication Aid
Phones are getting smarter. Many now have sensors that can detect things like location (in other words, these phones know where they are). In a first project, Friend Forecaster, we leveraged this sensing technology to create a context-aware cell phone that could make plausible conjectures of individuals one might encounter in a given situation, thereby aiding the many senior citizens who experience difficulties in recalling people’s names. Currently, we are working on MyVoice, a context-aware application that suggests vocabulary — words, phrases, and sentences — based on the locations the user visits. MyVoice seems particularly useful for individuals with anomic aphasia, which often results from strokes, certain types of dementia, and other types of brain injury.
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- Carrie Demmans Epp, Rachelle Campigotto, Alexander Levy, Ron Baecker. (2011). MarcoPolo: Context-Sensitive Mobile Communication Support. FICCDAT: RESNA/ICTA 2011, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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