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KType by Chirag Mehta
KType by Chirag Mehta
KType by Chirag Mehta
KType by Chirag Mehta
KType by Chirag Mehta
KType by Chirag Mehta
KType by Chirag Mehta
KType by Chirag Mehta
KType by Chirag Mehta
KType by Chirag Mehta
KType by Chirag Mehta
KType by Chirag Mehta
KType by Chirag Mehta
KType by Chirag Mehta
KType by Chirag Mehta
KType by Chirag Mehta
KType by Chirag Mehta
KType by Chirag Mehta
KType by Chirag Mehta
KType by Chirag Mehta
KType by Chirag Mehta
KType by Chirag Mehta
KType by Chirag Mehta
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KType by Chirag Mehta

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KType is a research project by Chirag Mehta with the goal of improving communication for individuals with speech & motor disabilities. The "KType for iPad" app is the first product developed with …

KType is a research project by Chirag Mehta with the goal of improving communication for individuals with speech & motor disabilities. The "KType for iPad" app is the first product developed with insights gained from colloquial conversation analysis, optimal keyboard design, and working with users with speech and motor-control disabilities. Read more at http://ktype.net

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  • 1. Speak more with less effort
  • 2. KType● KType Overview: ● What is KType? ● Who is it for? ● How can you help? ● How does KType work? ● “KType for iPad” Features 2 / 23
  • 3. What is KType?● KType is a research project: ● to improve communication ● for individuals with speech & motor disabilities● “KType for iPad” app: First product developed with insights gained from the KType research project. 3 / 23
  • 4. Who is KType for?● KType is for individuals who cannot verbally communicate with ease or speed.● KType is built to assist users who: ● cannot control or see keyboard/mouse/LCD ● may have muscle spasms, motor tics, paralysis ● have trouble reading, writing, spelling 4 / 23
  • 5. Who is KType for?● KType can assist individuals with: ● Motor Neuron Diseases such as ALS ● Cerebral Palsy ● Stroke ● Autism ● Neurological Trauma ● Speech Disorders: Apraxia with Aphasia, Dysarthria 5 / 23
  • 6. How can you help?● Recommend users for case-studies● Connect me with care organizations ● Medical Centers (Trauma Units) ● Nursing Home (Senior-Care facilities) ● Special Education Schools ● Associations (ALS Assoc., ASHA etc.) 6 / 23
  • 7. How does KType work?● “KType for iPad” app: ● Accepts user input via touchscreen and physical buttons / switches ● Speaks in realistic male and female voices ● Guesses what the user is trying to type, minimizing the need to spell out each word 7 / 23
  • 8. KType: Features● Going beyond accessibility: ● Built for unsteady hands ● Speak more with less effort ● Make your own keyboard ● Customizable features 8 / 23
  • 9. KType: Unsteady hands● PROBLEM: Individuals with unsteady hands find it difficult to: ● Navigate touch-screen interfaces ● Touch precise locations on the screen ● Operate keyboard and mouse on a regular PC 9 / 23
  • 10. KType: Unsteady hands● SOLUTION: Split the Touch action into two! 1. POINT: – Move an on-screen cursor by touch – Optional: Stabilize the cursors motion automatically 2. CLICK: – By tapping touch-screen OR wireless buttons operated by hand/feet – Optional: Prevent accidental clicks by requiring double or triple taps 10 / 23
  • 11. KType: Unsteady handsPOINT (like a mouse cursor) CLICK (any key) 11 / 23
  • 12. KType: Speak more● PROBLEM: Typing takes more effort than speaking. How do we make typing easier? 12 / 23
  • 13. KType: Speak more● SOLUTION: Make typing easier by ● Reducing movement of hands: – Rearrange keys so common sequences are closer – Enlarge commonly used keys / buttons ● Anticipating the users next action: – Type a few letters and KType suggests 3-7 words – Make suggestions based on the context 13 / 23
  • 14. KType: Speak more● FUN FACT #1: ● Over 100,000 Twitter users indirectly helped create a keyboard layout that is better than QWERTY for users who press keys with one finger instead of typing with 10 fingers. 14 / 23
  • 15. KType: Speak more● FUN FACT #2: ● Analysis of 10 Million Tweets from Twitter helped create technology that can provide intelligent suggestions, not just spellcheck. ● KType can instantly suggest: – “SOMEWHERE” when user types “SMW” – “HUNGRY” and “HOPING” after user types “I AM HN” – “POTTER” and “MET” after user types “HARRY” 15 / 23
  • 16. KType: Your own keyboard● Why rearrange the keyboard layout that has been in use for over a hundred years? ● Because it is not optimal for use with 1 finger ● QWERTY layout was designed in 1870s – It was optimized for typing with 10 fingers – Commonly used letter sequences were purposely put in different rows to minimize typewrite jams 16 / 23
  • 17. KType: Your own keyboard● KType comes with the “Optimus” keyboard layout, optimized for 1-finger use by analyzing commonly typed sequences: ● TH, TE, TI ● ST, SL, SI ● CH, CK ● QU 17 / 23
  • 18. KType: Your own keyboard● KType offers these preset layouts: ● Optimus by KType ● QWERTY (computer) ● ABC (easy to learn) ● Common Words 18 / 23
  • 19. KType: Your own keyboard● Fully editable: ● Customize any keyboard layout ● Drag & drop to resize & move keys ● Fix pronunciation of non-English words 19 / 23
  • 20. KType: Customizations● KType can be tailored for each user: ● Change Voice: gender, volume, pitch, speed ● Configure: Input and output device parameters ● Design: Keyboard layout and button text● Supports 10 different users on a single iPad 20 / 23
  • 21. KType: On the Roadmap● Send Email, Text/SMS, Tweets● Add pictures & sound to keyboard buttons● Automatically learn users typing patterns● Listen to Facebook updates, news & web articles, and incoming emails 21 / 23
  • 22. KType: On the Roadmap● POINT using: ● CLICK using: ● Joystick ● Sip/Puff Switch ● WiiMote / Kinect3D ● WiiFit Pad ● Eye / Gaze Tracking ● iPod Touch ● Head Tracking ● Ribbon Switch 22 / 23
  • 23. Thank YouContact: Chirag Mehta chirag@ktype.net 727-386-9382 @chime1998

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