[Athen] Anyone testing out EquatIO?

Nast, Joseph Joseph.M.Nast at lonestar.edu
Thu Apr 12 07:26:48 PDT 2018

The demo video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1mLUgF-gFs showcases features that look promising for a number of reasons, including:

- Predictive math & formulae creation

- Math-to-speech (via R&W plugin)

- Math-to-LaTex editor

- Handwriting-to-math recognition

- Speech-to-Math creation

The above features alone would easily place it on my short list of "Essential AT". HOWEVER, EquatIO is, in many ways, still being developed. John McGowan mentions in the video a number of features (e.g. chemistry formulae content, improved "math only" speech recognition) that TextHelp plans to roll out in the near future, but isn't in the current version.

Furthermore, as a Chrome plugin, EquatIO seems to be limited to integration with Google Sheets\Docs. It remains to be seen how a student might use it with something like MyMathLab. I'm also curious how accessible EquatIO might be to a keyboard-only user.

If anyone has done any testing or had a chance to get this into the hands of students, I'd love to know what feedback\first impressions you might have.


Joseph M. Nast, ATAC
Assistive Technology Specialist
Lone Star College Cy Fair, Disability Services
Office Phone: (281) 290-3207
Website URL: http://www.lonestar.edu/19287.htm

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