New Features in the VoxAid Communication Aid for Speech Impaired People

  • Bálint Tóth
  • Péter Nagy
  • Géza Németh
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7383)


For speech impaired persons even daily communication may cause problems. In many common situations, where speech ability would be necessary, they are not able to hold on. An application that uses Text-To-Speech (TTS) conversion is usable not only in daily routine, but in treatment of speech impaired persons as a therapeutic application as well. The VoxAid framework from BME-TMIT gives solutions for these scenarios. This paper introduces the latest improvements of the Voxaid framework, including user tests and evaluation.


Screen Size Text Input Task Completion Time Speech Therapist Input Method 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bálint Tóth
    • 1
  • Péter Nagy
    • 1
  • Géza Németh
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Telecommunications and Media Informatics (TMIT)Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME)BudapestHungary

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