Category Archives: The Open Voice Factory

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 →

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 →

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 →

Open Voice Factory was on TV! Disruptive Tech TV

A few months ago in November, Open Voice Factory was featured on Disruptive Tech TV. This is the first UK 24/7 technology TV channel covering  technology news and events worldwide. Open Voice Factory applied to be on their Disruptive Pitch TV show. Described as a sort of Dragon’s Den, it’s an online TV program for the UK’s most aspiring technology entrepreneurs, startups and emerging companies to pitch themselves to a… Read Article →

New Project: communication with only audio

I wanted to share small new project with you all. Our most successful project is The Open Voice Factory. It converts easy-to-use PowerPoint designs into communication aids that can be used by people with speech difficulties. Like most communication aids, The Open Voice Factory is very visual and works on a grid.  This makes them potentially hard to use for people who have both speech difficulties and visual impairment. Most makers… Read Article →

Open Voice Factory has updated

Following some fairly intensive work by testers (thank you everbody!), we’ve updated the Open Voice Factory as well as its CommuniKate templates. This has fixed one bug made one design change, and added one feature. The bug was relatively simple – the colour wasn’t been read from some PowerPoint cells correctly, which meant that they would take on the colour of whatever that cell had been on the previous page…. Read Article →

The Open Voice Factory and the case for academics

We’ve made our hope for The Open Voice Factory fairly clear in terms of end users: free communication, wherever you are in the world.  However, I thought it was worth taking some time to lay down the strong intellectual case for why it can be a game changer for academics as well. I used to be a university researcher looking at AAC issues. That design experience stayed with me.  In many… Read Article →

eQuality Time releases The Open Voice Factory to public beta!

  Today eQuality Time released The Open Voice Factory to public beta. The Open Voice Factory is a free, open source tool for creating communication apps. Anyone can create an aid by editing a PowerPoint template to add their one pages or utterances. When you upload your template to the factory, it will create a working communication aid for you. The resulting programs run on any platform, from tablets to laptops… Read Article →

ISAAC 2016

eQuality Time has been at ISAAC 2016, the major (and indeed, probably only) international conference for people interested in AAC. We were there to try and find helpers and get a real sense of AAC outside of the UK.  It’s hard to know how that went, we met some great people, but only time will tell if they become part of the plan. In numbers: we spoke to at least… Read Article →

CommuniKate: Github and new website

Two cool CommuniKate things to tell you about! Website We’ve updated the CommuniKate website: communikate.equalitytime.co.uk It was something we thought carefully about for a while, but we wanted a site that focused on the ‘things that help’ rather than the ‘story about the things that help’.   The blog aspects have gone (news and development will be posted here) and the layout has been updated to focus on what’s important: the… Read Article →