Over the years we've seen companies big and small introduce products to aid users with speech impediments, but many of these solutions ignore the fact that disabled users still have a voice. Talkitt, a new application currently up for crowdfunding on Indiegogo, translates users' pronunciation into understandable speech and plays back their words on a smartphone or tablet. Danny Weissberg, co-founder and CEO of VoiceItt, the company behind the product, said he began developing Talkitt after his grandmother had a stroke and experienced difficulties in communicating. For people with other conditions such as Lou Gehrig's, Cerebral Palsy, Brain Damage, Autism and Parkinson's Disease, this tech could make everyday tasks, such as ordering lunch and communicating with friends, more manageable.
The software is currently being tested with several partners (including hospitals and universities) across Israel and Europe, and its makers assure us that it will work with any language -- it can even translate between languages. Provided the project meets its $50,000 funding goal, the application will hit the market some time in 2015. Once it's widely available, there will be a monthly subscription fee of $19.99. Down the line, Talkitt will also run on laptops, PC and wearables. Check out the video below for a closer look.