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 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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KType by Chirag Mehta

  1. 1. Speak more with less effort
  2. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 8. KType: Features● Going beyond accessibility: ● Built for unsteady hands ● Speak more with less effort ● Make your own keyboard ● Customizable features 8 / 23
  9. 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. 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. 11. KType: Unsteady handsPOINT (like a mouse cursor) CLICK (any key) 11 / 23
  12. 12. KType: Speak more● PROBLEM: Typing takes more effort than speaking. How do we make typing easier? 12 / 23
  13. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 18. KType: Your own keyboard● KType offers these preset layouts: ● Optimus by KType ● QWERTY (computer) ● ABC (easy to learn) ● Common Words 18 / 23
  19. 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. 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. 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. 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. 23. Thank YouContact: Chirag Mehta chirag@ktype.net 727-386-9382 @chime1998

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