At CES we were pleased to see the use of Fleksy a predictive on-screen keyboard for iPhone and Android by Justin who is blind. He spoke of his blindness as being part of his character and he did not consider it a handicap.
Now there is a handwriting to speech application for iPad that helps people who need to convey speech through handwriting.
iSpeak4U, LLC launched HandySpeech a handwriting-to-speech app on the Apple App Store offering people with speech disabilities a way to communicate.
HandySpeech was created by 12-year-old software developer Eric Zeiberg with some help from his software developer father. Eric created the application for his sister who has autism with speech disabilities.
HandySpeech can help or replace speech for people with spoken language difficulties. The application helps people with speech or language impairments, including autism, stuttering, stroke, dysarthria, expressive aphasia, muscular dystrophy, oral, throat and neck cancer among others.
Users write what they want to say in any one of 13 languages and the software converts the handwriting into speech. The app is available for iPad, iPad Mini and soon for iPhone.
HandySpeech is available in the Apple App Store for $29.99.if
Android Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and II users can also write to text, then set up Android to voice the text, according to what we know about the software. If there is need we can show a video how it works. Please let us know if you would like to see the Samsung Galaxy Note II used for text to voice.