Nuvoic project – Summer 21 update

Nuvoic project – Summer 21 update

May marked the start of our second year working on the Nuvoic Project, our collaboration with developer Voiceitt, which aims to improve access to voice recognition technologies for people who have dysarthric speech. Voiceitt’s app supports people who want to communicate or control Smart Home technologies using their own voice, but who are often misunderstood by unfamiliar people or mainstream speech recognition. The Karten Network is leading on user involvement and testing in the UK and Ireland.


Geena Vabulas

In April we were delighted to welcome our newest Technologist, Geena Vabulas, to the Nuvoic Project Team. Geena joins us part-time, bringing fantastic experience from her role as Policy Manager for Assistive Technology at Policy Connect, as well as previous experience in qualitative research and provision of support and training in assistive technology. Welcome Geena!

We’ve continued to work with Karten Centres and other organisations to recruit participants, and now have 46 people enrolled! Since our last update we’re pleased to welcome new participants from Caritas St. Joseph’s, Enable Ireland, FitzRoy, Oakley College and Portland College, as well as three new individuals who’ve joined us directly. They join those already involved individually or through Beaumont College, Cedar Foundation, The Grange Centre, Homefield College, Leonard Cheshire, National Star, New Bridge Horizons, SeeAbility, St John’s College and Young Epilepsy.

Testing is going well. We ask participants to choose useful phrases and smart home commands, train the app to recognise their spoken prompts and practise using them, then tell us what they think, including any problems or ideas for improvement. The Alexa and other Smart Home controls are really popular, especially to play music or radio. All users can…Continue reading about the Nuvoic Project

Get in touch!

We would love to hear from you if you, your organisation or someone you know may be interested in taking part, or if you’d like more information. Please email our project co-ordinator:, or you can find more information and get in touch via our project web pages.