Helping Charlie Bird and others with MND speak with their own voice

Over the past few years, we have been spending some time leveraging technology to help people with Motor Neurone Disease to communicate in their own voice. In 2019 we began working with the Big Life Fix team to create a communication app for Roisin that aimed to enable her to communicate with a digital version of her own voice. We are now working with Irish broadcasting veteran, Charlie Bird, to keep his trademark voice. Our aim is to make this technology accessible to as many people as possible.

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Project Updates

Jan 15 2022 - Irish Times article on the project

Keith, Charlie and Trevor look at the software on a laptop

The project was featured in the Irish Times.

Jan 2022 - Charlie’s Voice Demo on the Late Late Show

Charlie on the Late late Show with Ryan

Charlie appeared on the Late Late show to promote his ‘Climb with Charlie’ fundraiser and our synthesised Charlie Bird voice made its national debut.

Dec 2021 - Development of Charlie’s Synthetic Voice

November 2021 - Contacted by Claire Bird

Charlie Bird noticed some changes to his voice in 2021 and after working with doctors he unfortunately received a diagnosis of MND. 

In Charlie's case MND attacked his voice first. His wife Claire was an editor on the Big Life Fix and remembered the episode with Roisin, so she got in touch with Trevor Vaugh the presenter of the show. Trevor contacted us to ask if we thought we could help Charlie.

2021 - Exploration of funding models to bring this technology to more people.

Mar 2020 - Big Life Fix episode featuring the app airs on RTE.

Episode 2 of Big Life fix featured Roisin and some behind the scenes footage of the Marino team in action as we created the app.

2019 - Development of an app for Roisin

The Marino team meet Roisin and learn about her challenges

We joined RTE’s Big Life Fix team to help Róisín, who has Motor Neurone Disease. We created a solution that will allow her to continue communicating with her loved ones. Read the case study.

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