New release for Open Voice Factory!

This Friday we’ll be updating the Open Voice Factory website.  There WON’T be much of a change for users, but there will be quite a lot of back end changes that make life a bit easier for us to add new features. The alteration WON’T affect any existing aids that have been generated, but it might mean that there is some downtime that prevents new aids from being created. Our notes for the release are… Read Article →


New project proposal: Digital Local Heroes.

A project we are currently workshopping…   For UK residents looking for historical information, Wikipedia is invariably the go-to resource. The English Wikipedia alone has over 2.6 billion words, covering 4.4 million articles.  There are many examples of extremely rich, detailed, beautifully illustrated historical articles. Unfortunately, Wikipedia also suffers from a systemic bias of editors. The average Wikipedian on the English Wikipedia is male, technically inclined, formally educated, aged 15–35,… Read Article →

The 'care packages' we sent to care homes.

Update on the Essex Challenge Prize

We’ve been working hard on the Essex Challenge Prize, and today we’ve done a fair amount of restructing of our online information about the project. You can read about our plan, our progress, and how we are getting on by starting with this page on the eQuality Time wiki.  That will link you to all of our subprojects, Dropbox Directories, and research. We’re trying to make more use of this… Read Article →


Writing a Risk Assessment for Software

Recently we’ve spent a lot of time bogged down in medical device registration for The Open Voice Factory. As part of this we developed a risk assessment around the software – looking at the potential causes of harm (i.e. “What happens if there is a fire in the house and our software fails to help someone speak to emergency services?”).   These sorts of documents are valuable but also pretty bruising… Read Article →


Substandard Subtitles

After a short corraspondence with the wonderful Emma Colton, who writes the equaly wonderful The Happy Hearing Aid blog she sent us this amazing piece on the trials and troubles with dealing with TV subtitles.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.  A few years ago, while still at University, I was a reality TV fiend. I couldn’t get enough of it. I would watch The Only Way… Read Article →

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Check out our new draft communication board for people with Dementia!

In May we were shortlisted in the Essex Dementia Challenge Prize. Nine shortlisted projects were give £5,000 each to develop an idea, with the idea that the best idea will receive £100,000 to take it to market. Our idea is: use the resources we’ve developed for The Open Voice Factory (particularly CommuniKate) to create a communication board that helps with word-choice (which causes significant problems in many people with late-stage-dementia). Our first… Read Article →

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Comic Relief have funded the Open Voice Factory!

Comic Relief and Paul Hamlyn Foundation are funding thirteen organisations to receive funding from their Tech for Good stream. eQuality Time is one of them! We’re receiving £45,000 to develop the Open Voice Factory, along with lots of support and guidance.  We have so many people to thank, and a sudden big responsbility.  It’s going to be amazing. This means that the Open Voice Factory is likely to be our… Read Article →

Open source Medical Device Registration

Several years ago, at the start of the Open Voice Factory project, it became clear that we’d need to register the Open Voice Factory, or some part of it, as a medical device. It was publicised to, in the words of the relevant european directive ‘mitigate handicap’, and so it needed to be registered. There is NO moral way around that. It also became clear that there were almost NO… Read Article →

Real Flexible Work

In an team with real flexible work you would be able to shut your laptop at any time without any guilt. There’s lots of reasons you might want to. Maybe you are sick. Maybe someone you care about is sick. Maybe you want to spend some time on your mental health and maybe someone has broken into your house and you need to ring the police. The reason isn’t important…. Read Article →