Recipient of a Queen's Award for Enterprise in the innovation category. Therapy Box has a track record of creating interesting new technology, and of finding new uses for established products. We seek to include surprising and helpful features in each new product or update that we release.
Eye tracking has traditionally required expensive hardware and relies on mouse emulation, which limited the number of devices on which it could be used.
Therapy Box is in the process of developing eye tracking software which relies solely on a device’s front facing camera. This will allow people with disabilities to interact with their devices more easily and at a lower cost than ever before.
Compatibility will no longer be an issue, offering users a greater choice over their preferred device. Therapy box will include device camera eye-tracking in the START project (being developed in partnership with the University of Reading), and will continue to refine its own eye-gaze system for use inside it’s in-house range of AAC apps.
Mainstream speech recognition does not work with dysarthric speakers, leaving a significant portion of people with disabilities unable to access their device in a way that should be both quick and simple.
In its VocaTempo project, Therapy Box is working with the University of Sheffield and with Barnsley Hospital to develop an app which can be trained to recognise dysarthric speech.
Currently undergoing tests with end users, this project will make it easier for people with disabilities to access their devices. Dysarthric speech recognition technology has many potential applications in communication, accessibility and articulation rehabilitation, which Therapy Box is committed to exploring in the coming months and years.
Predictable was the first AAC app on the apple app store with inbuilt, self-learning word prediction. With a keyboard and word prediction app, users with higher cognitive function had access to their whole vocabulary range, without the limitations of the other apps available at the time.
Word prediction inside Predictable has grown stronger and Therapy Box has added double word prediction, editing options, autocomplete, autocorrect and dyslexia support into its proprietary word prediction engine.
The diagnosis of many conditions relies on screening tests which are carried out by professionals, who have to review sessions after the fact. They are also required to take down a lot of notes, either during the session, (reducing patient interaction at the time) or after the fact (consuming more time in the long run).
Several of Therapy Box’s current projects utilise existing software solutions to partially or fully automate screening tests, allowing professionals to interact more with their patients during sessions, making screening tests simpler to administer, and reducing the amount of time spent reviewing or transcribing tests after the fact.
This gives professionals more time to spend face to face with clients. Where there is no existing technology to improve the screening process, Therapy Box is researching and developing new software to implement.
Recent projects have seen the Therapy Box development team working with bluetooth beacons to locate and assist people.
Beacons can be used in a wide array of scenarios -- rugged beacons capable of locating users outdoors were used by Therapy Box in a national parks app for the UNDP in Croatia, other beacon apps assist users in their homes, schools or workplaces. Beacons have worked for mainstream and niche projects and increasingly inexpensive options are becoming available, making them a great tool for providing information to users at the exact time and place that they need it.
Therapy Box’s AAC range of iOS and Android apps is constantly undergoing improvements in new versions. Predictable is now in it’s fifth version. The ChatAble team will shortly be releasing version 3, and Scene & Heard (the first visual display app available on iPads) has its third version available now. Predictable was the first switch accessible iOS app, and the first iOS app to contain ModelTalker voices (custom voices that a user can make by recording themselves at home).
Recent innovations in Predictable include a floorhold messaging system (a message which lets a user’s communication partner know that they are working on a message and not to interrupt) and a constant cloud backup system, so that users never lose the customisations they make to the app, even if their device breaks down. ChatAble 3 will contain OCR technology, letting users take photos of paper resources and automatically turning them into a digital resource; language analytics, and an exportable communication book feature, based on the popular functionality available in Scene & Heard 3.