Akademy Impressions

What a cool time! I am still thrilled, now two days home after Akademy and QtCS, which took place the last week in Bilbao. Several great reports about what happened there and what was discussed can already be found in the net:

To avoid repeating everything, I just want to point out my personal highlights:

  • Björn and Thomas proposed in their talk a new UI concept: the “Flow”. Even if it is still a conceptual draft and it is unclear how we can implement it, I am really fascinated by this idea! Already on the way towards implementing this concept, we must rethink what our application boundaries are, where and how applications can interact and how can we create a user experience without distracting the user from what she/he wants to do.
  • Kevin announced Declarative Widgets that will significantly simplify transitions to QML2 based interfaces for applications that want to use QML but are currently still tight to Qt 4.8.
  • Peter had a great talk about Simon Speech Recognition: It is awesome what Peter is doing with his speech recognition system and what Simon offers. After several discussions, now I am also planning to utilize the Simon-library for recordings inside Artikulate (by this we directly solve our build problems on several platforms 🙂
  • It was awesome to meet so many faces and talking to so many people that I previously only knew from mail/IRC. Given that you even had even only a short chat with someone, in my opinion it makes talking at IRC so much more personal, since you really know who is sitting at the other end of the wire.
  • Thanks to all the people who gave so much positive feedback about our “Artikulate Project” and especially to those who offered to contribute recordings! I also had a lot of discussions about the process of language learning and the interactions of our existing applications (several blog posts about this topic will follow). Special thanks go to Dimitris, who recently started to create a Greek language course!

And last but not least: Thanks to the local organizer team, you really made this Akademy rock!

Artikulate 0.1.0 Contributor Release

Today, on behalf of the Artikulate team, I proudly announce the first release of Artikulate 0.1.0 (*). This release is a contributor release and hence is not aimed to users/learners, yet. As a fact, this release do not have a training mode. Instead, with this release we focus on stabilizing our course editor to set up a common ground for contributing courses and native speaker recordings.

Download: http://download.kde.org/unstable/artikulate/0.1.0/src/

With this release we have the following goals:

  •     Create a common ground for contributors who provide native speaker recordings.
  •     Release a stable version of our specifications for course and phonology files.
  •     Make it easier for new contributors to join (you do not have to follow the master branch anymore)

The next release is planned in about 1-2 months and then will contain the training mode.
Further information about the work on Artikulate can be found at https://community.kde.org/KDEEdu/Artikulate.

And if you are currently at Akademy in Bilbao, you are very welcome to visit the Artikulate Contributor BoF at Wednesday morning where I will explain how Artikulate works, what is planned and especially how you can make Artikulate awesome by providing recordings of your voice.

(*) Artikulate is a pronunciation trainer currently living in the KDE Edu playground. Our goal with Artikulate is to provide an application that helps language learners by improving their pronunciation skills. The way Artikulate works is to allow learners to record their own voice when pronouncing a phrase and compare this with recordings of a native speaker.