Feeds

BT develops talking SMS for the blind

Gr8

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

BT wants someone with pots of cash to help it develop a talking SMS system for people with sight difficulties.

The monster telco developed a prototype that reads text messages after a chance remark from a visually impaired teenager visiting a project run by BT last year.

The 17-year-old happened to mention how being unable to read text messages made him feel socially excluded from his peer group.

His comments sparked a year-long collaboration between BTexact Technologies - BT's advanced research and technology business - and the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB).

The result is a pocket-sized device that allows people to send text messages to a hand-held computer, which then 'speaks' the message so that someone who cannot see the screen can hear the message instead.

Although those who've used it say it is "a great idea" BT is now looking for commercial partners to help develop the technology and turn it into a viable retail product.

Meanwhile, a Glasgow-based Web site has recently opened its doors to provide news and information for learning disabled people.

I:XSEED provides easy access to information on issues concerning the local council and the NHS for people in Glasgow with learning disabilities, their families, friends and their carers. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence
Download Choosing a Cloud Hosting Provider with Confidence to learn more about cloud computing - the new opportunities and new security challenges.