0 Have your say A Glasgow-based tech start-up has landed a Microsoft grant to help develop speech-enabled features for its communication-enhancing app. Presentation support app Present Pal is among the first round of grantees awarded an AI (artificial intelligence) for Accessibility grant. The start-up aims to empower presenters to communicate accurately, regardless of individual abilities. It integrates with Microsoft PowerPoint and guides users through their presentation using “unique, dyslexia-friendly features”, such as interactive flashcards, and tools for those with visual impairments, such as pop up bubbles and colour overlays.The grant, from the $25 million (£19m) AI for Accessibility programme, will provide Present Pal with AI tools and cloud computing services to accelerate its work on a new feature which can recognise when a presenter is struggling to recall information and will enable AI-powered audio prompts and pop ups.Founder and chief executive Chris Hughes, who developed the idea for the app while at the University of Strathclyde, said: “Technology has such an important role to play in ensuring that people with disabilities are empowered to communicate effortlessly. “The usage of AI and machine learning within Present Pal will allow us to really understand the needs and behaviour of presenters, providing the… Read full this story
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