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Google makes Assistant’s voice features more acccessible 

Tobii Dynavox

Google announced a new collaboration with Tobii Dynavox, a Swedish technology maker that brings Google Assistant to Dynavox’s devices and mobile apps.

This partnership enables easy access to Google Assistant and all its functionalities, such as smart home control and enjoying entertainment for people with disabilities.

Google Assistant is now integrated into Tobii Dynavox’s communication software Snap Core First, which supports people with disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Autism, and ALS with a means to communicate. Any Tobii Dynavox device comes with Google Assistant, making it possible for users to experience all the amazing helpfulness of Google to get things done that can be accessed via eye gaze, touch, or scanning switches.

The company has worked with Dynavox to integrate Google Assistant into the latter’s Snap Core First software. Snap Core is a symbol-based application that enables the communicatively impaired to communicate using simple, icon-like pictures similar to PECS. But it isn’t only for communication—this new functionality also allows Dynavox users to control their smart home setup and more using Google’s venerable digital assistant, stated in Google’s blog post.

“I love using my Google Nest Mini to control my home environment, access all kinds of information, and to play my music. The integration into Snap Core First makes it so easy for me, and it is the best home assistant I have ever used,” said Becky Tyler, an avid gamer and YouTuber with cerebral palsy.

Now, Tobii Dynavox’s library of tens of thousands of Picture Communication Symbols can be used to create Action Blocks buttons, so that people who might be accustomed to assistive technology for communication can use a familiar interface on their Android phones and tablets, product manager Praveen Chandran informed.

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