Other shortlisted practices 2014

Voice remote control to control digital devices

A smartphone provides physically impaired people the control of their digital environment through the voice input option

This allows direct integration into daily life in the target group´s homes.

Thomas JETZINGER
About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice:Voice remote control
Organisation:FH Hagenberg
Country
of origin
Austria
Beneficiaries targeted Persons with physical disabilities
Approach/ model/ solution:An app to control digital environment

FACTS & FIGURES

  • was programmed in 2013
  • tested, cost-effective and functional prototype
  • possibility of sale through the relevant app stores to a reach a wide audience

PROBLEMS TARGETED

The control of the environment often provides for people with special needs a challenge. Conventional remote controls are difficult to use and confusing obstacles in daily life and solutions are expensive. Persons with disabilities are often facing challenges in regards to controlling their digital environment. Conventional remote controls are often difficult to handle or complicated to use and other solutions are expensive.

PROJECT

Through the system persons with physical disabilities can operate unassisted infrared devices such as television, radio, etc. by themselves. The use of commercially available smart phones in combination with well-established technique in voice-recognition can make the app affordable. In addition, the amount of configuration is minimized.

CURRENT SITUATION & OUTLOOK

Through a typical software development approach, the requirements were collected at the beginning of the project to subsequently determine the needs and requirements of the target group in a research phase. Through direct cooperation with specialists in the field of physical impairments and the target group itself, a product was developed which meets their requirements. By using the established Android platform a purchase through Google Play would be possible to reach a wide audience. The acquisition costs remain minimal. The product is very versatile and can theoretically be connected with any infrared device.

The app recognizes an “on” command The app recognizes an “on” command © Thomas Jetzinger

CONTACT

Mr. Thomas JETZINGER
Augental 6, 4772 Lambrechten, Austria
+43 6641432721
s1110237019@students.fh-hagenberg.at
http://goo.gl/dXqJq0

Nominated by: FH Hagenberg