More voice-activated user interfaces – 30

October 18, 2012 in Challenge

One of the many challenges for using digital technology is manual dexterity. This is not an issue exclusive to an older demographic, since illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis or Osteoarthritis can affect people of any age. For some, using a keypad on a computer is difficult, and a smartphone is nigh on impossible. We should encourage vendors, service providers, product developers etc. to think more seriously about the next generation user interface, where voice activation comes as standard and not as an optional extra. Google has been doing some excellent work in this area and most of their interfaces include voice commands. Products such as Dragon Dictate are on the right lines, but still very expensive and require time and effort to use properly. The technology is available, but still seen as niche and often only deployed to ensure compliance with accessibility legislation. It needs to be made standard for any user interface.

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