In hospitals, care facilities and assisted living residences, patients with severe functional disabilities, e.g. after a stroke, require extremely personnel-intensive care. The goal of the PareSense project is to develop a voice control system that allows even patients with severe speech impediments to independently control communication and consumer electronics devices or security and building management systems. The project is also investigating the user acceptance and reliability of the technology together with affected persons. It is planned to offer the developed system as an additional component for existing building installations in care facilities and also as an emergency call system in the home environment.
Responsibilities of Fraunhofer IDMT
The tasks of the Fraunhofer IDMT's Oldenburg Branch for Hearing, Speech and Audio Technology HSA include research into and realization of acoustic detection technologies that are able to reliably recognize the vocal utterances made by patients with linguistic disabilities. Existing speech recognition techniques are extended by innovative approaches to sound recognition for this purpose.