Technology is the key to enabling people and I believe that everybody should have access to technology. There are a number of challenges to embracing technology for people with a visual impairement. One of the first challenges is learning how to use a computer keyboard. TalkieType provides an accessible, easy-to-use, and affordable solution.
- Built-in speech synthesis (no need for accessibility software)
- Progress tracking
- High-contrast display
- Positive feedback system
- Lessons for:
- Every single alpha key!
- Numerical keys too!
- Modifiers and special keys
- Symbols and special characters
- The Num Pad
- Navigation Keys
- Function Keys
- All lessons are 100% audible
- Flexible lesson framework allows for different keyboard layouts
- Code Development
- Lesson Development Testing
- Deployment & Web hosting
- Development Hardware
Funds exceeding the goal will go towards:
- Peer code review
- Graphic Design
- Digital Certificate
- High Quality Speech Synthesis
- A WPM timer for skill assessments
- An interactive typing game
- An online high-score board
- In-game achievements
- Stretch Goal: If the project raises $5,000 or more, TalkieType will be released as 100% free and open source software!
- Primary target platform*: Windows 7/8
- Programming Language: Python
- 3rd Party Libraries: Pygame, pyTTYx
* Because the project exclusively uses cross-platform tools and libraries, TalkieType will likely run on Mac and Linux computers with little or no extra effort. Windows is the primary target, as it's overwhelmingly popular in the visually-impaired community.
About the Developer:
TalkieType will be developed by Green Light Go - primarily by Dominic Canare (featured in the video). He has been developing software for over 10 years and volunteering with the visually impaired community for the last several years. Recently, Dominic has worked with Envision to develop custom add ons for NVDA and Firefox to make computing easier for the visually impaired.
With additional funding, Green Light Go will be able to bring more people onto the project.
Risks and challenges
This project may benefit from a code review performed by a third party developer. This can be made possible by exceeding the project goal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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