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 Let Petrana™ Be Your Hands!

woman wearing headset at computer

Julia is unable to use her hands.

 

·   If you have difficulty using your hands or need to protect your hands from computer-related injuries, you can watch and direct DVD movies, other DVD Videos, Video CDs, compact discs, and Windows media files entirely by voice command.

·       Enjoy a DVD Video library without using your hands! Store DVD Videos on a hard drive or in a multidisc DVD reader where Petrana can play them without physical insertion of the DVD into the computer.

 

Click here to watch a demonstration (Broadband, 400 kilobits per second, 640 Χ 480 Pixels, 11MB AVI file, MPEG-4 version 2, 3 minutes and 45 seconds)

Click here to watch a demonstration (Dial-up , 30 kilobits per second, 320 x 240 Pixels, 810 KB AVI file, MPEG-4 version 2, 3 minutes and 45 seconds)

 

 

Petrana™ is an artificial personal assistant who talks to the computer user in spoken English and operates computer applications for the user easily, comfortably, and enjoyably, giving the user free use of his or her hands and freedom of movement.

 

Petrana™ makes it easier for a person with a disability -- such as a spinal cord injury, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, or any other condition that makes it difficult or impossible to use the hands -- to operate a computer and to watch movies on a computer.  Petrana can play DVDs, video CDs, compact discs, and Windows media files.  Petrana is an assistive technology that uses voice-recognition (speech-recognition) to enable the computer user to operate the computer hands-free.

 

Petrana™ transforms a computer, computer projector, and wireless microphone into a voice operated wall display computer, the computer for the 21st-century.  A voice operated wall display computer can be used as a Home Theater System and for many other uses including a control center for home automation and an entertainment center.  A voice operated wall display computer is an assistive technology that can be used by persons with a disability, including limited mobility, to make their lives more enjoyable and more productive.

 

To use the Petrana™ Voice Commands for DVD you will need to have Dragon NaturallySpeaking™ 8 or 7.3 Professional voice-recognition software from ScanSoft© Inc. and the InterVideo WinDVD™ 6 (Recommended), 5, or 4 DVD and media player software installed on your computer. The Petrana™ Voice Commands for DVD extend the functionality of the voice-recognition (speech-recognition) software to make it easy to play DVDs, video CDs, compact discs, and Windows media files.

 

Watching a Movie with Petrana™

 

Julia is unable to use her hands.  Julia tells Petrana to start a movie that has been previously inserted in her computer's DVD reader.

 

Julia: Petrana play movie.

Petrana: Julia, I'm launching the DVD player.  This may take a few seconds.

( Petrana launches the InterVideo WinDVD™ 6 DVD player software.  WinDVD™ displays the main menu of the DVD with the  "Play Movie" menu item highlighted.)

Julia: Petrana select.

Petrana: Making DVD menu selection.

(The movie plays in the video window)

Julia: Petrana fullscreen.

Petrana: Julia, I'm toggling the fullscreen mode.

(The video window switches to fullscreen mode, filling the computer screen. Julia watches the movie for about an hour.  The computer chimes to indicate that an electronic-mail message has been received. Without having to get up or fumble for the remote control, Julia tells Petrana…)

Julia: Petrana pause.

Petrana: Pausing the video.

(Petrana pauses the video.)

Julia: switch to Outlook Express

     (Dragon NaturallySpeaking executes the built-in switch to Outlook Express command.)

Julia: open mail

     (Dragon NaturallySpeaking executes the built-in open mail command and displays the mail message. Julia reads the electronic-mail message.)

 

     Hi Julia -- I rented the three DVDs that you asked for.  When would you like me to bring them over?  Helen

 

Julia: reply to mail

     (Dragon NaturallySpeaking executes the built-in reply to mail command and opens the reply mail message.)

Julia: Hi Helen! Thanks!  Please drop by at 8 p.m. tonight – Julia (Julia pauses) send mail

     (Dragon NaturallySpeaking transcribes Julia's dictation and then executes the built-in send mail command.  Julia resumes watching her movie.)

Julia: Petrana play.

Petrana: Resuming play.

(Petrana resumes playing the video.  Julia watches the rest of the movie.  As the end credits roll, Julia finishes his session....)

Julia: Petrana goodbye.

Petrana: Julia, I'm exiting the DVD player.

(Petrana terminates the InterVideo WinDVD™ 6 DVD player software.)

 

The Petrana™ Voice Commands for DVD are an assistive technology software product that improves the functional capabilities of persons who have limited use of their hands or other related disabilities. For people with a disability that makes operating a computer difficult, the Petrana™ Voice Commands for DVD can be an important software tool that helps you control other software operations and your computer using voice-recognition (speech-recognition) software, providing you with greater independence and control,

 

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The Petrana™ Voice Commands are the first in a series of voice-recognition (speech-recognition) products that will be introduced by GFT Group Inc. as part of the complete Petrana™ System. Through development of additional Petrana software products, GFT Group plans to introduce new software that increases the value of voice-recognition and makes it easier to use voice-recognition for computer operations such as controlling your TV, using e-mail, and organizing digital photos as well as publishing articles and books. It is our goal to help people with disabilities (and everyone) to work more productively and enjoyably with voice-recognition software such as Scansoft’s Dragon NaturallySpeaking.

 

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