Yearly Archives: 2014

RealSAM off to V.A. Texpo in Melbourne and Sydney in October

We are excited to be taking RealSAM on the road again, to Vision Australia’s Texpo in Melbourne, Kooyong on the 10th and 11th of October and Enfield, Sydney on the 17th and 18th of October.

Formerly held in September, Vision Australia has moved the Texpo events to October in order to coincide with two awareness days, World Sight Day and White Cane Day, and hence create a “Vision Week”.

We will be delighted to demonstrate RealSAM to you, and this time RealSAM will be available for sale at Texpo!  You can check out how simple SAM is to use, and how accessible newspapers, podcasts and newsfeeds are through RealSAM.  

We can also show you our prototype book reading and navigation functions, which are currently under production, and will be available in the near future. 

Hope to see you there!

Real Thing awarded ARC linkage grant with RMIT University

Real Thing is proud to announce that we have successfully secured an ARC Linkage Grant with RMIT University.  

“Spoken Conversational Search: Contextual interactive techniques to support effective information search over a speech-only communication channel.”

Speech interaction with machines and mobile devices is becoming a ubiquitous reality. However, the challenge of effective discovery and presentation of search results over a speech-only channel has not received much attention from the Information Retrieval research community.

This project proposes developing effective search via speech by developing an interactive conversational approach, particularly for intent recognition and result presentation. Such techniques will be transformational for universal information access, enabling efficient and effective access where visual display of results is unavailable: e.g. use by the visually impaired, or situations requiring hands-free operation, such as driving or operating machinery.

Investigators: Dr. Lawrence Cavedon (RMIT), Prof. Mark Sanderson (RMIT), Prof. Lin Padgham (RMIT), Prof. Bruce Croft (Uni. Massachussetts at Amherst), Nick Howden (Realthing Entertainment Pty Ltd)

Funder: Australian Research Council, Linkage Projects Scheme

RealSAM goes to RSB Tech Fest 2014

We were pleased to have the opportunity to go to Adelaide recently for the Royal Society for the Blind ‘Tech Fest’ (29-30 May).  We had a great time demonstrating RealSAM and meeting lots of interesting people.

Tech Fest is a fantastic opportunity to showcase our assistive technology and see what others in the field are doing.  Without a doubt we look forward to exhibiting again in 2015.

RealSAM is now available!

We are delighted to announce that RealSAM is now available for purchase.

SAM is now a sleeker model, still with a simple one-button interface, and intuitive speech controls.  SAM can read you a huge range of newspapers and play thousands of podcasts, and she now has some fantastic new features including weather, location and time. 

To find out more and see some demonstration videos, go to our RealSAM website:  

We have a dedicated help centre to answer any queries you might have about RealSAM: call 1300 557 350  (7 days from 7am – 7pm).