My project, AlphaTalk, is an alternative learning method to how the classroom is taught. Alphatalk is an interactive series of exercises that based off of Microsoft technologies is able to take a screen and make it a hands on experience.
The letters that work with the screen are based off of the type face open dyslexia. Each letter is weighted heavily on the bottom making the orientation of the letter easy to identify. People with dyslexia tend to mix up letters such as b, d, p and q. So each letter was designed to look extremely different making it hard to confuse any two letters. The vowels and consistence’s are different colors for a visual cue when trying to put together words.
The screen can identify the letter with a qr code on the bottom. When letter is placed on screen it reads the code and an orb will pop up. The orb has a blinking light that when touched will sound the letter out loud. To hear more than one letter or words, overlap the orbs.
In one of the exercises AphaTalk will speak a word out loud and it is up to the player to spell the word on the screen with the letters. By clicking the orbs with different letter combinations you can get help sounding the letters out as you make the word.
If the word is spelled wrong, in the end when you click to hear the final sound it will sound different than the word you were trying to make. AlphaTalk will instruct you to try again before moving to the next word.
This project is conceptual in nature, however with its unique letters that interact on the screen it is a model for endless exercises to teach reading.