Monday, December 01, 2008

Meet ALICE: Mobile Software for Assistive Technology

When Alice encounters the Looking Glass in Lewis Carroll's famous story, it unlocks a whole new world of experiences for her. Similarly, the ALICE software from Softeq unlocks a rich world of multimedia experiences for people with disabilities. ALICE (which stands for the Assistive LIstening and Captioning Engine) runs on the Durateq ATV rugged handheld. ALICE was created by the Softeq team to provide an automatic and immersive experience at museums, theme parks, and venues for patrons with low sight, low hearing, or both. Now available at entertainment venues like renowned theme park Walt Disney World, The World of Coca-Cola, and The Hall at Patriot Place, the handheld is offered to guests with visual or auditory impairments. Venues also use ALICE and the DURATEQ ATV as a solution to meet the ADA requirements, because it combines Closed Captioning, Descriptive Narration, and Assistive Listening all in one small and lightweight device.