The GUI (Gooey)

We tap on pictures, click on icons, slide the bar, swipe the page, roll over images, hover over menus, etc. It’s used on all our digital devices, from desktops to smartphones to tablets. 

It’s called GUI, or graphical user interface. It’s been around for 5 decades and it’s a part of our lives. Engineers, programmers and designers continue to work on it every day.

The GUI has made us collectively smarter, helping us to swiftly navigate the vast amounts of information at our fingertips to (hopefully) better understand the world and its complexities.

And it’s made computer access easier for billions around the world.

The Rise of the LUI (Louie) 

There’s also LUI, or language user interface. This newer technology is used in Siri, OK Google, Cortana and Amazon Echo. This speech recognition technology grabs our voices and processes our queries against their databases to answer our questions. 

You’ve used it, probably several times a day. It’s fun and again, it makes it easier to connect with our world. Apple, Google, Microsoft and Amazon each spend millions every year to make their voice assistants smarter.

Innovation for the Dis/Abled

Making money off the abled does not exclude making money off the disabled.

It’s the new cool.

Not So Cool for Millions… Billions?

The GUI and the LUI are not so cool if you’re blind, deaf, speech-impaired, sensory-impaired, or physically or mentally challenged.

15 percent of the world’s population experience some form of disability, and disability prevalence is higher for developing countries (World Bank).

Yes there are, indeed, marvelous products on the market from great companies and organizations: the self-driving car, GPS locaters that save lives, apps for the iPad that help teach kids with disabilities, devices that speak direction and location for the blind, eye tracking systems for cerebral palsy and stroke victims…

However, these products are certainly not the norm and are a tiny fraction of the market that builds for social good. 

Why aren’t there more?


I join many others in this industry in support of pairing the GUI with the LUI (Bill Scholtz, AVIOS President) to create opportunities across a large spectrum. 

The product possibilities could be endless. And I believe the symbiotic relationship between developing products for the abled could easily be leveraged on products that help the disabled

“As the search engine evolves toward a personal assistant using a LUI, companies that provide a specialized company personal assistant with a LUI will be favored over those that drop a user into a GUI-driven web site.” -  William Meisel, The Language User Interface: Unifying Devices and Operating Systems

My point? Making money off the abled does not exclude making money off the disabled.

My personal focus is that we can do more with speech recognition software (LUI) to help people better their lives; not just as the next wave of cool technology, but to create a level playing field for people who are disadvantaged. 

Using Speech Recognition (SR) Technology for Kids Who are Speech Impaired

Recent accomplishments with SR technology have opened up an entire new market, estimated in reach into the billions, if it hasn’t already (stats are still quite new).

I am using SR technology in my iPad app, Sayin’ It Sam™, to motivate kids with speech impairments to perform an action using his or her voice. I have coined and patented the term speech-to-action

By modifying SR code of a very limited vocabulary using phonological processing, I built a small database of “exceptions” that - if spoken - will create animations on the screen. My goal is to motivate children to speak that have autism, speech disorders or speech-learning difficulties. 

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