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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.

Dasher on xybernaut

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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