Abstract: A method of providing language assistance to a computer user with dyslexia, reading disabilities or visual impairment by presenting text-based information via multiple channels is provided. This technique effectively provides multiple channels of information to a user. Moreover, this method is useful for displaying text-based information to users having disabilities such as dyslexia, or for increasing the entertainment value of viewing a text document. This technique may be used for assisting users in editing documents and in retrieving information from the World Wide Web.
Abstract: A computer implemented method and system for gesture category recognition and training. Generally, a gesture is a hand or body initiated movement of a cursor directing device to outline a particular pattern in particular directions done in particular periods of time. The present invention allows a computer system to accept input data, originating from a user, in the form gesture data that are made using the cursor directing device. In one embodiment, a mouse device is used, but the present invention is equally well suited for use with other cursor directing devices (e.g., a track ball, a finger pad, an electronic stylus, etc.). In one embodiment, gesture data is accepted by pressing a key on the keyboard and then moving the mouse (with mouse button pressed) to trace out the gesture. Mouse position information and time stamps are recorded. The present invention then determines a multi-dimensional feature vector based on the gesture data.