Speaking is one of the most natural ways of communicating for human species. Unfortunately, it is not available to everyone.
We want to improve the quality of daily life for people with speech disorders. We want to help them speak and be understood.
By bringing technology, science and language therapy studies together, we are creating the mPASS: the pass to speaking.
mPASS is the new technology dedicated to people with speech
impairments, meant to make communication easier.
10% of population has speech or hearing difficulties. 60% of people thus affected encounter communication problems with other members of society, as well as feelings of social isolation, embarassment or shame, which in effect reduces quality of their lives. Existing solutions for people with speech disorders are either too limited or too general to help improve their verbal communication.
By bringing science of system development and artificial intelligence with speech and language therapy studies together, we are creating the mPASS: a bold, innovative project with the aim of helping people with all types of speech disorders. Our new approach goes beyond general speech recognition systems and offers individual users a tool allowing them to easily create their own, personalized speech recognition system tailored to their needs.
Thanks to an easy-to-use online mPASS platform, individual users with no technical knowledge of system development will be able to create their own, context-specific, personalized speech recognition system. By following simple instructions, the users will associate their distorted vocal input (e.g. sounds) with their meaning (e.g. words or phrases) related to a specific context (e.g. a visit at the doctor's; studying history at the university). The platform will generate a personalized speech recognition system, which can be then exported onto a mobile devices and then applied to suitatable apps, games etc. Adding new contexts will make the system grow, eventually becoming an an intelligent speech recognition system, able to create new contexts by combining the existing ones.