NHS concerns and exciting technology

Disturbing that the NHS seems to be being dissected into disparate privatised components as we had feared. Such a shame considering the incredible work people like my grandfather did in helping to realise the unthinkable NHS charter.
On another note, very excited by Eye tracking technology by companies such as Tobii, whose products I will be using at work. The maturity of the technology means that it can be incorporated into almost any application as a human input interface and can be combined with voice recognition to offer the use of complementary senses to offer improved flexibility and reaction in human computer interaction. Opportunities arise with wearable computing for example in the form of “eye-wear” computer devices.

Disturbing that the NHS seems to be being dissected into disparate privatised components as we had feared. Such a shame considering the incredible work people like my grandfather did in helping to realise the unthinkable NHS charter.
On another note, very excited by Eye tracking technology by companies such as Tobii, whose products I will be using at work. The maturity of the technology means that it can be incorporated into almost any application as a human input interface and can be combined with voice recognition to offer the use of complementary senses to offer improved flexibility and reaction in human computer interaction. Opportunities arise with wearable computing for example in the form of “eye-wear” computer devices.

wheelchair searching

always on the lookout for the best enabling technology…
So not to have been in touch about the wheelchair developments, have been shopping about to get the most suitable technology. Some people in Norway are trying to get something suitable together in terms of head controls to fit on the “etac” chair.
Other options include “stair climbers” but practicality and reliability need to be assessed

Reflections and charity work

I was looking over the archives section of the website(a tab button on the homepage) and realise how many posts there are and how its such a good representation of the journey. Some of the early posts are intense and emotive.
I’m joined doing work with regain, backup and SIA (where I was yesterday). All feels very rewarding to be able to contribute.

music and technology

Enjoyed Modestep at the Oxford O2 Academy yesterday, alongside energetic sweaty teenagers. Had to rescue Lucy on my lap from being “moshed”. Had a chat with a friend about smart TVs and iPhones… “Smart TV are fantastic, there are lots of good remote access features nowadays e.g. airplay, ELP etc
I use a raspberryPi with raspbmc (a dedicated build of the open source media player xbmc to control everything through infrared), worth a Google if you have a minute. I also have a remote control app for this on my iphone. I’ve been tinkering with an iPhone 3GS recently to get it to be controlled through the computer via Dragon, I’ve now managed it and can do scripting stuff to activate phone calls etc through a single command in Dragon(voice recognition). Pretty cool but don’t have enough time to look into it much further…”

voice recognition advice

In summary I use Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 11.5, there is a version 12 but I don’t use it because it has not been compatible with a scripting environments called NatLink that I use. For anyone not having this requirement (and most people don’t) I would go with the latest and greatest e.g. Windows 8 and Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12.
To avoid bottlenecks I would go with a significant amount of RAM (random access memory, at least four gigabytes, although improvements will be seen all the way up to 16!) And voice recognition, because of its reliance on processing power and audio input quality will be more accurate and responsive with powerful computer and sensitive microphone (iPhone is great or alternatively a USBheadset) it makes a significant difference if the microphone is reliably the same distance from the mouth each time you use it, the should be about 1 inch. The tutorials and information about what makes for good voice recognition within the software are very useful. Particularly information about vocal phrasing enunciation etc
I use a possum vivo for switch-based environmental control usage, this is limited but reliable.