Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on June 26, 2014.
About this project
Beyond Text-to-Speech, 2Dual Changes the Way Dyslexics and the Vision-impaired View the Digital World.
San Diego-based company has lofty ambitions with its latest not-for-profit mobile application “2Heads”, ambition that is likely to affect the entire Dyslexia and Vision-impaired population struggling in the digital age, an estimated 50 Million Americans.
The 2Heads App assists dyslexic and anybody who quickly needs reading assistance from a community that understands the struggle. Dyslexics have long struggled with activities that most people don't think twice about. We're here to change that.
While legislation and technology has quickly adapted to support others with disabilities, very little has been done to support dyslexics. It was out of this necessity that Dusten Pecor decided to found 2Dual. Himself diagnosed with dyslexia at a young age due to a speech impediment.
“Dyslexic people are often viewed as unintelligent or incompetent simply because their brains struggle with the task of reading clearly, regardless of how sharp their other skills are...2Heads is a game-changer that allows everyone to compete on a level playing field.” -Dusten Pecor, Founder of 2Dual Inc.
Using the App. The location-based app provides a list of “audibly-accessible” info-bits from surrounding businesses, schools, government offices, etc. will be able to upload and annotate any of their documentation, signage, and any other text based communication using a simple web interface on the 2Heads website. This will qualify them as “audibly accessible.” The scans or pictures they provide will be packaged with the annotations they have added and stored in the 2Heads cloud database. When a user selects an available file, it will be pushed to the 2Heads app on his device where he can tap on any area of the document to have the text read aloud. This will allow people with dyslexia to lead a more normal life and may make something, such as ordering a sandwich, as easy for a dyslexic person as it is for everyone else.
In the future. Until now, dyslexics have had to rely on cumbersome technology that is often up to 50 percent inaccurate and can take days to interpret and record. This technology, typically designed for end consumers that are blind, rather than dyslexic, involve scanners and computers that can only be accessed from home. The 2Heads app will be used to learn about how best to present information to dyslexics. In the future 2Dual hopes to prove the concept of “audible accessibility” and create tools to aid in the education and employment of dyslexics.
Beyond Dyslexia. This technology has important ramifications outside of the dyslexic community, including wounded warriors, and those who struggle with literacy. Being able to access and quickly understand written text can help improve quality of life and help to raise people out of poverty.
How to Access. If you would like to download the app or simply show your support, 2Dual has launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to raise the last $35,000 of development costs.
Research study on the app. We are proud to be working with prominent dyslexics who are doing admirable work to advance the cause of helping the millions who are affected by this condition. Additionally, we are very excited to be working with neurologists at the University of California in San Diego who will be conducting research based on the app and providing feedback to help us improve it.
2Heads App Team: John, Jovan, Sarah, Tony, Jeffrey, Harvey, Dusten and Sprague are all dyslexic
- John Corcoran (Founder, John Corcoran Foundation),
- Dr. Bill Takeshita (Chief of Optometry CPS & Dr. Bill Foundation),
- David Berry (Director, Qualcomm),
- Jovan Haye (Former NFL Defensive Tackle, Tampa Buccaneers, Bigger Than Me),
- Sarah Joy Brown (Three-Time Emmy Winning Actress, General Hospital),
- Tony Martinez (Program/Project Manger, Pulse Electronics & Rock Church Ironman),
- Jeffrey Hunt (Director, CSI & H5O),
- Harvey Hubbell V (Itinerant Filmmaker, Dislecksia: The Movie),
- Dusten Pecor (Founder, 2Dual Inc.) and
- Sprague Theobald (Best Selling Author & Two Time Emmy Winning Filmmaker.)
2HEADS TECHNICAL TEAM
As a group we have handled over 50 million dollars in software development projects.
Dusten Pecor, Founder
Dusten brings experience, vision, and a can-do attitude to every project and venture. An experienced business and project manager (GE, Disney, Word & Brown, Petco), Dusten has tirelessly forged ahead to create 2Dual Inc. which works with many partners to bring life to the 2Heads concept.Nikesh Amin, CTO
Sinuhe Huidobro, Lead Application Developer
Sinuhe brings application development excellence to 2Heads App. Sinuhe will be primarily responsible for the iOS design and build, which will provide the base for IOS development.David Berry, Advisor Member
Chaitainya Chopra, Project Manager/Developer
Chaitainya’s in-depth knowledge of application and database development will contribute to both Internet and mobile development.
- 2Heads App Kickstarter launch event, Empower Up Event!
- 2Heads Dyslexia App Executive Summary
- Dyslexia For a Day Events
- Dyslexia Support Groups
- Connecting Readers with Tutors
We have a unique opportunity working with a handful of directors, athletes and actors.
Sarah Joy Brown is an actress, director, writer, all around creative person and a dyslexic who is renowned for being a three time Emmy award winning American actress. Her credits include: 'Without a Trace,' 'The Lyon's Den,' 'Crossing Jordan,' 'L.A. Dragnet,' 'For the People,' and 'Strong Medicine.’
Harvey Hubbell V is an “itinerant filmmaker” – He has shot from the high-rise roofs of Warsaw to the banana boats of Peru. His documentaries have won more than 50 film and video festival awards, including four Emmys. In “Dislecksia: The Movie”, dyslexic director Harvey and his crew explore Mr. Hubbell’s own experiences about growing up dyslexic while also looking into the latest scientific research and educational developments regarding the condition.
Jeffrey Hunt, a fellow dyslexic, began his directing career in 2005 on the series CSI. He has since directed multiple episodes of CSI, as well as H5O, Cold Case, Close to Home, Chuck, CSI: NY, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Dark Blue, Burn Notice, Chase, The Forgotten, Alphas, Person of Interest, The Vampire Diaries, Hawaii 5-0, Nikita, and Fringe.
Jovan Haye is a former NFL Defensive Tackle. Now turned businessman with a handful of IT companies; Co-Founder, PostShare.com, TotallyNewTechnologies.com. And in his words is the definition of dyslexia.
Sprague Theobald has received both national and international recognition for his writing, producing, cinematography, and editing. He won an Emmy Award for his America’s Cup documentary. The Other Side of The Ice is Sprague’s second book; The Reach is his first. Sprague’s sailing résumé includes twelve-meter racing in the America’s Cup arena, several transatlantic races, one of which was the Two Man Transatlantic Race, a complete circumnavigation of North America, and over 40,000 offshore miles.
Risks and challenges
I have worked with a number of people to refine the details of this campaign and to ensure nothing has been overlooked. Having been in the business of custom software development and worked on many projects of this nature, I am grateful for the opportunity that Kickstarter provides to help bring my own work to life.
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