Teaching Story - Voice for the voiceless
by Life Positive
However Invention Lab, Chennai, have finally conspired to give such children a voice and enable them to communicate with friends, family and teachers. AVAZ enables speech-impaired children to communicate easily thereby eliminating one of the crucial barriers that divide them from others.
AVAZ is a portable speech synthesiser which can be controlled by gross motor movements of a child with CP, such as approximate movement of the head or of large muscle groups. These movements are captured by the use of a touch-screen or an external switch to allow the child to create text sentences on the device using predictive software, and this text is read out by the device. AVAZ is thus an artificial voice for the child.
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Voted one of the hottest startups in India by Business Today in 2009, Invention Labs was founded by alumni of IIT, Madras. The founding members from across the globe returned to India in 2007 to set up Invention Labs as an organisation that invents products for the unmet needs of the Indian consumer.
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