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Father develops speech a device for his son

Shared by Patricia Pereira on 2015-08-12 22:39

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To help his son communicate, Richard devoted his energies to creating a kid-friendly form of speech technology he named Tango. The gadget prerecords a wide variety of colorful pictures and symbols depicting commonly used actions, questions and emotions.

His son, Thomas, can use the device to quickly select a thought and the little computer speaks for him, in a voice much like his own that expresses emotions with frases.

Thomas can go into a mode with one push of a button and change that from a regular voice to a whine or shout or a whisper. The computerized device can also be adapted for specific occasions, so before a baseball game, they downloaded the sound of cheers for their team so at the stadium their son could be one of the guys hollering for them.

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Richard Elleson, from USA, is an inventor, advocate, and Thomas’father, a boy with cerebral palsy. He was trained to use a traditional speaking device, but it was tedious for him to express thoughts one word at a time, and he gave it up. His dad thought he had a better idea and began developing a computerized device to help his son communicate more easily.

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