TalkBox: An Open-Source Communication Board for Non-verbal Users
Jason Charney, Sruti Vijaykumar, Ray Feraday, Toni Kunic and Melanie Baljko
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TalkBox is a low-cost open-source communication board for non-verbal users. It can either be used by people who require a small number of speech choices or when conventional communication boards are not available (e.g., when clients are waiting to receive them). It combines a Raspberry Pi and a touch-sensor to implement a customizable tangible interface to playback speech and sound files.
A key aspect of this project is that it is designed to be assembled by users and their families themselves. For the past five years, we have conducted a number of workshops in Canada, United States and Kenya, in which therapists, teachers, parents and individuals with disabilities themselves built and customized their own TalkBoxs.
Please watch the following video to see how TalkBox works.