Case Studies

  • Ian Pitt
  • Alistair Edwards
Part of the Practitioner Series book series (PRACT.SER.)


This chapter brings together the theoretical material of the previous chapters and considers its practical application to speech-based devices. Two existing speech-based devices — a road traffic information device and a voicemail system — are reviewed, after which a design for a talking video recorder programmer is proposed.


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    Trafficmaster PLC, University Way, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, UK, MK43 OTR.Google Scholar
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    Voice Integrated Products Ltd, VIP House, 3 Park Place, North Road, Poole, Dorset, UK, BH14 OLY.Google Scholar
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    It might be assumed that recordings of television programmes are of little interest to blind people, but this is not the case. This can be demonstrated by the high take-up of the free television licence that is available to blind people in the UK. The availability of audio description (Lodge, 1995) will only increase this demand.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian Pitt
    • 1
  • Alistair Edwards
    • 2
  1. 1.Computer Science DepartmentUniversity CollegeCorkIreland
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of YorkUK

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