handicaped aids, virtual reality, virtual world

How I speak without talking

Computers have made things a lot easier for me to deal with life’s challenges. One thing that has come up as I age is how to talk to people. My voice was never been good but as I’ve gotten older it is become harder to understand.

How I talk #1 low rezI found this app called Speak in Apple’s App store called Speak. Now I can let my iPad talk for me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iPad in lap lowrez

Sometimes though the technology path seems like two steps forward and one back.

 

In Oculus (1) lowrezRecently I started testing a VR world or set of experiences some people call it one thing and someone else calls it the other. I just call it Sansar. But to use it in virtual reality mode you need to talk into the headset’s microphone to communicate so opps.

If use Sansar in Desktop mode you can type chat. Problem with that is only other Desktop users and not VR users can see what you type.

Hay, Linden Labs put a user editable macro on a controller key. User editable because sometimes you have more to say than just “Hi”. I also want to say, “Hi, this is Willow. I talk like Stephen Hawking so it’s very slow and I must see my iPad and use my hands. That is not easy in a HMD and controllers. So please don’t be offended when I don’t answer back.” After all I don’t want to be rude and not answer back at all when someone say “Hello”. That wouldn’t be very sociable.

Otherwise it will mean back to passing notes like we did in school. If we can exchange attachments with other users in the September release.

Any other suggestions please leave them in a comment.

BTW you may notice I’m bald in the picture. That’s from the brain surgery and all the drugs the doctors gave me. That is my wig on the left. So, note HMD’s do not work well with wigs or glasses and I wear both.

computers, injury

Ouch Ouch Ouch-old tower computers are good for something

Somehow, I twisted my knee. How someone who doesn’t walk does that I don’t know. A pain in the butt I understand. The human body did not evolve to sit eighteen hours a day. About once a month I need to spend a couple of days in bed with my weight off it. But a twisted knee????

Ouch lowrezLuckily, I just moved an old tower computer where it makes a perfect foot rest. The only thing that eases the pain is to keep my foot elevated.

I’ve learned that I need to be able to access a computer. No computer means withdrawal symptoms for me. I get very irritable, more shaky than usual, and can’t sleep. It’s like I’m coming off some drug.

Looks like lots of playing with that Head Mounted Display (HMD) I got Tuesday. There is a Golf game that looks very interesting. I’ll post about it in a few days.