Ramat Gan, Israel, January 15, 2017 – Voiceitt (Technologies of Voice Interface, Ltd), a pioneer in development speech recognition technologies for people with speech disabilities, announced today that it will collaborate with New York-based hardware manufacturer SCJ Associates to develop an innovative speech recognition solution for people with speech disabilities.
The project has been selected to receive a conditional award of $900,000 from Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD). Per the terms of the project, Voiceitt will provide the voice technology software and the SCJ Associates will be responsible for the design and manufacture of the wearable hardware for future commercialization.
For millions of people around the world, simple verbal communication is a nearly insurmountable task. According to David Beukelman, leader in the field of Augmentative Alternative Communications, nearly 10 million people in the US, Europe and Israel alone have speech impairments associated with various medical conditions including cerebral palsy, stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s Disease, and ALS.
Interact is a wearable assistive communications device that enables people with speech disabilities of any severity or due to any diagnosis to communicate using their own voices with confidence that they will be understood. The first of its kind in the assistive technology market, the sleek Interact is easy to access, intuitive to use, compact, and completely hands-free during use. Voiceitt’s machine learning capabilities enables a quick customization based on the speech of each new Interact user.
Danny Weissberg, Voiceitt co-founder and CEO, “Our mission is to create solutions to aid people with speech disabilities speak freely by fostering independence and social inclusion and thus dramatically improving their life quality. We are thankful for the BIRD foundation for their support of this life changing project.”
“We congratulate Voiceitt and SCJ for their partnership and for receiving the grant approval from BIRD’s Board of Governors, based on the technological merits and potential social impact of their joint initiative”, said Dr. Eitan Yudilevich, Executive Director of the BIRD Foundation.
Voiceitt is a digital health startup developing a speech recognition algorithm that translates unintelligible sounds of children and adults with mild to severe speech impairments into understandable speech in real time. Founded by serial entrepreneur Danny Weissberg (CEO) and machine learning expert Stas Tiomkin (CTO) in 2012, the Tel Aviv-based team combines deep technical and business expertise with a mission to change the lives of millions through sophisticated technology. Prior to the BIRD Foundation award, the company participated in prestigious programs such as 8200 social program, IBM Alpha Zone and Dreamit , raised over $2 million in funding, most of which from government grants (Israeli Chief Scientist and European Commission) and cash prize competitions, including Verizon Powerful Answers, Philips Innovation Awards and the 43North Business Competition of Western New York, where the company’s U.S. subsidiary is now located. www.talkitt.com
About SCJ Associates
SCJ Associates, Inc. is an ITAR registered electronics contract engineering and manufacturing company. For nearly four decades, SCJ has provided quality custom products and services for medical, aerospace, automotive, military, commercial and industrial companies. Whether it’s a quick-turn prototype or a low to medium volume production run, SCJ prides itself on quality products delivered on time. SCJ has experienced engineers, skilled technicians, and IPC trained assemblers to assist you with your turnkey design and manufacturing needs. www.scjassociates.com