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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 versions; and the creation of specialized versions for particular computers. In order to take all these goals forward, we are releasing the Dasher source code as an Open Source project (Expected date, September 2002).

Dasher on xybernaut

Projects in progress

and the names of some people who are involved.
The Xybernaut company have kindly provided a wearable computer for us to test Dasher on.
Hiragana input testing
Scandanavian languages, German, and French support
... and testing. (more info)
Lauri Ora
`Peano' Fully Two-dimensional Dasher
capable of using both dimensions as information sources.
David MacKay
a mouse-driven command-line interface; a one-handed, keyboardless alternative to tcsh, csh, bash, etc.
Davey Jose
Improving eyetracker
Phil Cowans and Tim Hospedales
Linux eyetracker
Tim Hospedales
Self-tuning eyetracker
Phil Cowans
Improved language models
Iain Murray

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!
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 Inference Group is supported by the Gatsby Foundation
and by a partnership award from IBM Zurich Research Laboratory
David MacKay
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