Future directions for the Dasher project
The Dasher project is being taken forward by
the Inference group in the Cavendish laboratory;
other researchers who share our aim of seeing Dasher
widely used in the real world are also encouraged to work on Dasher.
The initial focus
is the development of Dasher for disabled users;
additional goals are the development of the palmtop version;
the development of Japanese and Chinese versions; and the creation of
specialized versions for particular computers.
In order to take all these goals forward, we have
released the Dasher source code as an Open Source project.
Our Current core activities are listed on the development page.
Other ideas include:
- Controlling Dasher by Breath
- Now done! Works with version 3
- Controlling Dasher by Buttons
- Now done! Should be released in version 4
- Controlling Dasher by Tilt sensors
- Should be very easy to do with version 3
- Linking Dasher to the Owl, a very low-cost eyetracker
- `Peano Dasher' and other Fully Two-dimensional Dashers
- capable of using both dimensions as information sources.
David MacKay and Piotr Zielinski
- a mouse-driven command-line interface;
a one-handed, keyboardless alternative to tcsh, csh, bash, etc.
Unfortunately the name dash has recently been
adopted for another shell in Debian,
The Debian Almquist Shell, so we are using the name basher for this concept.
- The Xybernaut
company have kindly
provided a wearable computer for us to test Dasher on.
- Linux eyetracker
- Piotr Zielinski
- Self-tuning eyetracker
- Phil Cowans and Piotr Zielinski
- Improved language models
- Phil Cowans
Dreams for the future
- Hybrid voice-dasher system
- Speak into an imperfect speech-recognizer, and watch as
its inferences are displayed as predictions; wherever it is
not sure what you said, use dasher to steer into the correct
sentence. Much easier than having to correct errors by
saying further speech-commands!
This system, Speech-Dasher,
is now working, thanks to Keith Vertanen.
- Hybrid automatic translation-dasher system
- Assume we have a poor translation system that translates
badly from French to English. An expert has to zip through
the translation and clean up errors.
This cleaning-up could be done within Dasher, using
the output of the translator to define a language model.
The Dasher project is supported by the Gatsby Foundation
and by the European Commission in the context of
the AEGIS project
- open Accessibility Everywhere: Groundwork, Infrastructure, Standards)
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