Victor Pauca has a genetic disorder that makes his speech development slower than other kids. So his father, Paul Pauca, along with his students at Wake Forest, made an iPhone and iPad app that helps Victor speak. It's rather inspirational.
The VerbalVictor app lets Paul—and other parents/caregivers—record phrases that are played back when Victor presses the corresponding button. Because the $US10 app uses familiar voices, and not on-the-fly generated robot voices, kids are more comfortable with using it to express themselves.
VerbalVictor should be out in the App Store by next week. This is the kind of thing that we're going to see more of—ingenious quality-of-live improvements—as mobile tech becomes more ubiquitous and powerful. [LA Times]