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    MND on the small screen - Model Talker

    BBC Breakfast news this morning featured a story regarding a man with MND who is using software to record his own voice for when his voice eventually goes.

    I don't know anything about the software, although his story will be featured on BBC Inside Out Northwest tonight. Here is an excerpt from one of the papers:

    "A Motor Neurone Disease sufferer is cataloguing his voice so his 13 months old son will know what he sounds like.
    Laurence Brewer is using new voice software called Model Talker to bank 1,600 phrases so he can still read to Stan even after his voice has gone".
    It may not be giving much description about MND and what it does, but its good to see MND getting some publicity.


    (Mods - if there is already another MND on TV thread, please could you merge this in, or wherever you feel it would be best. Thanks).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenni View Post
    (Mods - if there is already another MND on TV thread, please could you merge this in, or wherever you feel it would be best. Thanks).
    Thanks, Jenni,

    I've popped the Model Talker into the title. I don't think its been mentioned before on the forum so it will be easier to spot if people want to add to it.

    Robyn

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    http://www.magimedia.co.uk/buildforu...?p=29539#29539

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    I'm not sure the BBC has all the facts in their programme summary:

    Laurence, who works at Salford University, was diagnosed with the degenerative illness three years ago and told that he may only have between two and five years to live.

    There is no cure for the disease, which results in the loss of mobility in the limbs and difficulties with swallowing, breathing and speech. In many cases, MND sufferers lose their speech completely.
    I think they should have mentioned the short life expectancy in the 'results in' part, but I hope its not the first mention that the BBC gives MND.
    Good luck to Laurence and his family, I think it will be a wonderful system if it works and is affordable for everyone.


    http://www.modeltalker.com/

    Currently, the complete ModelTalker System is in the early stages of commercial development and we are actively seeking beta testers.
    It might be worth contacting them if they're looking for testers.

    (https://www.modeltalker.com/registra..._agreement.php Their terms and conditions.)

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