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Saturday, 25 October 2014

An app allows deaf people to follow conversations

An international team has developed an application that allows you to record conversations on his smartphone and know in real time who said what, giving deaf the ability to participate in discussions with several partners without their having to know the sign language.

At first glance, conversations like those we share the writing on social networks or SMS, but the real innovation comes from the real-time transcription of what everyone says, even in the presence of several people.

The founders of the start-up Transcense, one American, one French, one Dutch and one Taiwanese, and all deaf students in the United States, expressed in a video presentation the difficulties of living disability in everyday life, emphasizing that only a conversation English four can be played on the lips. The microphone system was programmed with algorithms that can identify each party based on the frequency of his voice and uses a color code to easily follow the discussion in writing.

This application will be released in December (in English) and may already be précommandée priced $ 25 (about 20 euros). The team is currently raising funds on a crowdfunding site (Indiegogo) and has nearly reached its target.

There are a few weeks, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology announced that they had developed a similar application for users of Google Glass to text transcription function, but for a single source. The conversation is transcribed by applying Captioning on Glass so that the wearer of the glasses could follow written on his smartphone.

Source : SCINVENTDAILY , 24th Oct 2014 

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