Dyslexia is a punishing disorder that makes reading tasks that seem simple to others – like making sense of a book or a menu in a restaurant – quite difficult for the afflicted. Treatments exist, but dyslexia is a lifelong condition that can never be fully cured. That’s why entrepreneur Dusten Pecor is Kickstarting 2Heads, a smartphone app that aims to help the dyslexic function better in everyday life.
2Heads works by presenting contextually relevant data, mostly by relying on location. Drawing from a database of web, manually entered, and OCR-scanned documents, the app tries to present the most helpful information at the right time. That could be a menu at a restaurant, for instance, or signage at a public facility.
Pecor hopes to partner with retail and restaurant chains in the future, so that the app can one day greet users with custom audio recordings and instructions. Beyond that, the team aspires to integrate the app into everything from grocery store products, to pharmacy prescriptions with QR codes.
At the time of writing, the app’s funding sits at $3,800, which is sadly far from the team’s goal of $35,000. If I had to guess, the deficit may have something to do with the relatively expensive donation required ($20) to gain access to the beta app, but here’s hoping the team adjusts the funding tiers and donations pick up soon.