Google recently announced a partner with accessibility service provider Tobii Dynavox to integrate Google Assistant into the latter’s Snap Core First family of tablets and mobile apps. Through the integration of the two sides, even users with language barriers can use the voice assistant to control household appliances and other smart home products.
Tobii is known in the industry for providing eye-tracking devices for consumer electronic devices such as laptops or VR headsets. In addition to eye tracking devices, the company has introduced a number of innovative technologies into its line of voice synthesis tablet devices and their companion products, all of which are widely used in accessibility and assistive technologies.
These touchscreen devices allow owners to customize the icon screen to produce word and speech clips, allowing people with developmental or motor impairments to communicate by touching the icon or using only their eyes.
Because Google Assistant requires you to use your voice to access many of the platform’s features, it’s difficult for people with voice disorders to use it. To do this in Tobii’s latest integration, you can more easily access Google Assistant with buttons and have custom button options.
“Our mission is to enable people with disabilities to do things they have done or never thought of,” Fredrik Ruben, CEO of Tobii Dynavox, said in a statement. This includes communicating, controlling your surroundings, and the possibility of accessing the same education and information as others. That’s why we’re excited to have this partnership with Google to develop technologies that are accessable to everyone.”