Computers Get More Accessible and a DIY Cocktail Machine in This Week’s Wrap Up

Open Source Wrap Up: September 5 – 11, 2015

QuickQuote: A New Open Source Quote Generation Tool

QuickQuote is a new open source tool for generating transcripts and quotes from digital videos. It was built by a developer intern at The Times in London. The application allows users to upload video files. It then creates a transcript of the audio automatically through natural language processing; the user can then click on any of the text and the video will update to the correct location automatically. The application is deisnged to be used by journalists to quickly gather important quotes from videos, something that can take an excessive amount of time without accurate transcripts. QuickQuote also features simple exporting functionality that makes it easy to create embeddable versions of the video that include the selected quote.

The code is available on GitHub.

Open Source Voice Recognition Coming to Linux

Mycroft is a new open source project that has just finished a successful crowdfunding campaign on kickstarter. It’s a voice recognition application that will be designed to work with a variety of popular applications and devices. It runs on a Raspberry Pi 2, and includes an Arduino-compatible microcontroller. During the crowdfunding campaign, the team managed to reach a stretch goal that will bring the software to Linux. Backers were able to pre-order the basic version of Mycroft for $129 during the campaign along with other options for more extensibility. The team behind the project expects to begin shipping developer devices in April 2016, and consumer models in June 2016.

Version 2.0 Of OptiKey Released

OptiKey is an assistive, on-screen keyboard that is designed to be used with an eye-tracking device and bring keyboard and mouse control, and speech to individuals with motor and speech limitations. It works out of the box with eye-tracking devices and provides a free alternative to augmentative communication systems that are often quite expensive. Version 2.0 includes a wide range of new features including a complete mouse keyboard redesign, new conversation keyboard, rewritten auto-complete suggestions to improve performance, and memory usage optimization.

Build Your Own Open Source Cocktail Dispenser

The people at Open Electronics have published instructions for building an open source cocktail dispensing device. It runs on RandA: a hardware bridge that allows Arduino shields to be connected to a Raspberry Pi 2. Users can order drinks through a web interface, and the machine will fill a glass with measured amounts of the required ingredients. This is sure to be a hit at with any DIY geeks at a party.

Author: Ben Lloyd Pearson

Ben is an open source technologist experienced in a wide array of modern IT tools. He's done a bit of everything, from web development, to systems administration, web publishing, and beyond.