Muscat: For the first time in Oman, an application has been developed for people with communication disabilities. The feat was achieved by three graduate students of computer science programme at the Modern College of Business and Science (MCBS).
The innovative and user-friendly smartphone application, called Tawasul, is a convenient tool assisting people with difficulty in communicating to better integrate with their community in different cultural environments.
The project with significant real-life application value was developed by final year students Nawaf Al Alawi, Mazin Al Hasni and Salim Al Jabri doing their bachelors in computer science. According to the young developers, the application has a very simple and attractive interface offering a language choice of Arabic or English. It is also equipped with a special visual keyboard that matches the hand gestures with letters of the Arabic or English alphabet.
Speaking to the Times of Oman, Dr Basant Kumar, the project guide at the MCBS, said that it took the students six months to develop the app.
The distinctive feature of the new application is that the user should only type the sentence he or she wants to communicate and these will be encoded and then decoded into audio-visual output, he explained.
"It can be installed on any smartphone," Kumar noted.
He added that such an app has been developed for the first time in Oman.
"There are similar applications being used in Saudi Arabia and other countries. But this one has distinctive features. The concept is new," he said.
It will definitely add value to people's lives, Kumar said, adding that the project was conducted as part of the final-year Capstone Project, which is mandatory for all Bachelor Programmes at MCBS.
He also mentioned that the students are working more on the application and plan to add more features to it.
The application will be available after all the testing and modifications are completed and the formalities are carried out with The Research Council, he said.
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