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).
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 email@example.com
- `Peano' Fully Two-dimensional Dasher
- capable of using both dimensions as information sources.
- a mouse-driven command-line interface;
a one-handed, keyboardless alternative to tcsh, csh, bash, etc.
- 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
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