Outside Echo

Enabling ICT Access Through Audio

Banana Farmer taken by Pernilla Nasfors

Traditional text-based access to ICT does not work well for a large percentage of the world's population - either because of disability, illiteracy, language or a reluctance to learn computing.

Outside Echo's main objective is to enable people thoughout the world to benefit from ICT through the medium of audio, thereby overcoming the limitations of text for this section of the world's population.

Outside Echo is a technology-based, not-for-profit, social enterprise based in Chepstow, UK. Outside Echo takes an innovative approach to both the development of speech and language technology, and ways of applying that technology, to benefit those who have poor access to conventional ICT.

Examples of this can be found on our Key Projects page, where we briefly describe our involvement in the Local Language Speech Technology Initiative and the development of Audio Notetaker.

Outside Echo is an ISV which also offers consultancy in all areas of audio, speech and language technology, and over the years we have worked on numerous projects with clients in both the private and public sectors. However, these days our consulting is focused on projects that tie in well with our objective of enabling IT access for those who are unreached by conventional computing.