TRAVIS SMITH
Illinois Institution of Technology
Master of Cyber Forensics/Security
Bachelor of Computer Information Systems
FOR CREATING A VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS:
Using Python, a Raspberry Pi 3, a touch screen, a battery pack, and a speaker, rising senior Travis Smith built a text-to-speech application for people with communication disorders. His application is free-to-use, open-sourced, and works without internet access. Now, Smith is looking to partner with a company to manufacture his product. His hope? Making the devices accessible for people who need them the most. Smith’s strategic use of low-cost technology and the device’s ability to work without internet would be life-changing to people who otherwise cannot afford to “talk.”