simon says!

as someone with rsi, which used to get severely irritated at certain peak times of the year, i know of the tremendous benefits of speech recognition software. thankfully simon, an open source speech recognition piece of software, is now released in alpha.

from the simon sourceforge forum:

The project provides a ready-to-use interface for the julius CSR engine for a handicapped child which is not able to use the keyboard well. It integrates into X11 and Windows.

while i still have yet to find something that is better than dragon naturally speaking, this does look like a really great start to an open source option. however, the cost of dragon could be prohibitive and when it comes to essential tools for learning (kids or adults), the flexibility of open source could be a phenomenal blessing.

and to take it a step further, imagine how great it could be to integrate speech recognition like simon, with interactive reaction technology such as easy with eve for optimising learning for people with a wide range of abilities and disabilities. now that’s innovation!

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