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Look To Speak

Award: Yellow Pencil

Yellow Pencil / Digital Design / Inclusive / 2021

Millions of people live with speech and motor impairments. Despite progress, many still lack access to communication tools which are often prohibitively expensive, unreliable, and non-portable. As mobile devices become more ubiquitous, and technologies like machine learning are built-in, Google looked at how it could work alongside assistive technologies. Look To Speak is an Android app which enables people to use their eyes to select pre-written phrases and have them spoken aloud. The app provides new possibilities, especially for those who might now have access to this technology for the very first time.

What did the judges have to say?

"It leverages technology in new ways to offer solutions to users who have been historically overlooked."

Ratna Desai, Director of Product Design, Netflix

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