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
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
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
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
Nikesh began studying Microelectronic Engineering in college, but switched to Information Technology and Medicine after he saw the potential for technology to transform the lives of many people struggling with medical conditions. Nikesh joined 2Dual because he saw the potential in their vision to change the lives of millions of people. He has previously worked with physicians, in hospitals, and at large corporations including Circuit City and B. Braun Medical.
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
Dave’s career has progressed continually from technical advisor to Director of Engineering for one of the largest technology companies in the world, Qualcomm. Dave brings development and management expertise to the project as co-head of all technical direction for 2Heads App.
Chaitainya Chopra, Project Manager/Developer
Chaitainya’s in-depth knowledge of application and database development will contribute to both Internet and mobile development.
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.
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.
Should the contingency factored into this campaigns target not be used to overcome any potential obstacles, it shall be used to further improve the quality of the final product.
SPECIAL EDITION VIDEOS: Exclusively for Kickstarter. We spent the whole day with these amazing people. 5 interviews; we just couldn’t fit it all into a 10 minute video. See the entire video shoot, along with getting the 2Heads Dyslexia App (beta) before it's available anywhere else!
SWAG: Get the 2Heads Dyslexia App (beta) before it's available anywhere else! Plus receive a 2Heads full color logo sticker (3” round)! Show-off your nerd side with these hi-quality stickers. Perfect for lockers, laptops, or your Tesla! You also get the special edition videos.
PHILANTHROPIST: (2) Special Edition Videos and early access 2Heads App (beta) & Swag. Plus we will send a dyslexia authors book (Choose 1 of 4) to the person of your choice. This could be your child's teacher, a friend, an employee, an employer... It's up to you!
EPIC LAUNCH PARTY: We will provide an invitation to a private launch party with directors (Harvey, Sprague and Jeff) actors (Sarah), technology innovators (Dusten), the team behind 2Heads Dyslexia App. This celebratory dinner will be held in San Diego, California. We will also be doing some filming for Harvey's new dyslexia movie that day.
THE PERSONAL TOUCH: Get a signed, dyslexia authors book, choose 1 of 4 (Jovan Haye, Harvey Hubbell V, Sprague Theobald, John Corcoran) or signed photograph from (Sarah Joy Brown) and a hand written personal message to either yourself or a person of your choice. Also receive the Special Edition Videos and Early Access 2Heads App (beta).
TEACHER TRAINING: This video course is an Evidence-Based Literacy Instruction (EBLI) effective, efficient, revolutionary method of instruction to teach reading. It is a system of research-based literacy skills, concepts, and strategies that teach learners of any age or ability level to read, spell, and write to their highest potential. You also get the (2) 2Heads Dyslexia App (beta) before it's available anywhere else!