Chet Gnegy, one of Google’s many scientific researchers, inspired by a work by his teammate Dimitri Kanevsky, worked in conjunction with the Accessibility team to develop a tool called Live Transcribe .
This tool is based and facilitates the use of a service developed by Kanevsky called CART, which is a service where a subtitler joins virtually to a meeting to listen and create a transcript of the spoken dialogue, which is then displayed on the screen of a computer.
Live Transcribe facilitates and reduces Kanevsky’s effort in the preparation of conversations. The Gnegy tool is based on automatic voice recognition, based on the cloud. The first thing he created was a prototype with the collaboration of several Google offices around the world.
Finally, after the prototype Live Transcribe was born, which allows people with hearing problems to participate in conversations without problems and also helped Kavevsky who suffers from these problems since he was a child, who can now communicate with his 6-year-old twins without problems .
This Application also received positive feedback from Gallaudet University , one of the most prestigious institutions around the world for people with hearing problems. Experts from that university also helped in the design and validation of this application.
Live Transcribe is available in 70 languages and dialects in a limited beta for users around the world via the Google Play store .
The second application called Sound Amplifier , allows to increase the volume and improve the audio so that it is better heard, especially in very noisy places.
According to Google, Sound Amplifier works by increasing the still sounds, without increasing the loud sounds. The user has controls to personalize the audio and also to activate the reduction of background noise.
Sound Amplifier is now available in the Google Play store for devices with Android 9 Pie or latest generation smartphones.
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