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February Project of the Month: eGuideDog

We love all the projects at SourceForge and, like mom, we’d never play favorites. We’ll admit though, we just adore February’s project of the month, eGuideDog. Under development since 2006, this amazing and frequently-updated project creates free software for the blind.

“The TTS engine is a basic software for applications with voice. WebSpeech is a Javascript library for web developers to write pages with voice. I also released two games based on WebSpeech for the blind. WebAnywhere, which we help Jeffrey P. Bigham develop, is for blind users to access websites without a desktop screen reader, and Gradint is a blind-friendly language learning system,” explains Project Leader Cameron Wong.

Wong does the majority of software development himself and devotes about 50 hours of his time each month to the project, and he’s quick to credit key contributor Silas Brown for his “significant suggestions, help, and encouragement.” Brown is also one of the voices behind open source speech synthesizer eSpeak.

Run, don’t walk over to eGuideDog’s Project of the Month page to learn more about what Wong is doing and consider pitching in to help. Even if all you can spare is a couple of hours a month, it’s still valuable to such a worthwhile project.