Talk your way round: a speech interface to a virtual museum

Evett, L. and Tan, Y.K., 2002. Talk your way round: a speech interface to a virtual museum. Disability & Rehabilitation, 24 (1112), pp. 607-612. ISSN 0963-8288

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Purpose: To explore the development of a speech interface to a Virtual World and to consider its relevance for disabled users. Method: The system was developed using mainly software that is available at minimal cost. How well the system functioned was assessed by measuring the number of times a group of users with a range of voices had to repeat commands in order for them to be successfully recognised. During an initial session, these users were asked to use the system with no instruction to see how easy this was. Results: Most of the spoken commands had to be repeated less than twice on average for successful recognition. For a set of ‘teleportation’ commands this figure was higher (2.4), but it was clear why this was so and could easily be rectified. The system was easy to use without instruction. Comments on the system were generally positive. Conclusions: While the system has some limitations, a Virtual World with a reasonably reliable speech interface has been developed almost entirely from software which is available at minimal cost. Improvements and further testing are considered. Such a system would clearly improve access to Virtual Reality technologies for those without the skills or physical ability to use a standard keyboard and mouse. It is an example of both Assistive Technology and Universal Design.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Disability & Rehabilitation
Creators: Evett, L. and Tan, Y.K.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Place of Publication: Abingdon, Oxon
Date: 2002
Volume: 24
Number: 1112
ISSN: 0963-8288
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:05
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2016 09:08

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