Wednesday, 20 February, 2019


Google Live Transcribe, Sound Amplifier Apps Launched for People with Hearing Impairment

A true retro experience A true retro experience
Melba Vasquez | 05 February, 2019, 14:54

The apps have now been removed by Google from the Play Store. This app is available on the Play Store for Android 9 Pie or later phones. Dimitri's teammate, Chet Gnegy, saw the challenges Dimitri faced using CART: He always carried multiple devices, it was costly and each meeting required a lot of preparation. One of them is CART: A service where a captioner virtually joins a meeting to listen and create a transcription of spoken dialogue, which then displays on a computer screen.

One of the researchers who worked on and helped test Live Transcribe was Dimitri Kanevsky, a Google employee who has almost 300 US patents, invented the world's first Internet transcription services for deaf users, and also created the first voice recognition system in Russian. The app uses a phone's microphones to listen to and transcribe speech in real-time.

Google says that it supports 70 different languages and dialects and can adjust to pick up on certain nuances as the conversation goes on - Google's example involves autocorrecting captions that at first think the subject is New York City, but change when the AI realizes the topic is actually Yorkshire Terriers.

Further, the search giant partnered with Gallaudet University, a university for deaf and hard of hearing people, to help design Live Transcribe and ensure it meets the needs of their community.

Aimed at users are deaf to allow them to participate in conversations more readily.

Google is working to improve daily living for Android users with hearing-impairments with two new apps - Live Transcription and Sound Amplifier.

Live Transcribe comes pre-installed on Pixel 3 devices and can be activated in Accessibility settings. Live Transcribe will gradually roll out in a limited test to users worldwide. You can customize how Sound Amplifier works in settings. The goal is not to increase the overall volume of your surroundings, but to increase quiet sounds while reducing other noise.

A report from security firm Trend Micro last week revealed that 29 camera and photo apps in the Google Play Store performed unwanted activities, such as pushing full-screen ads containing fraudulent content and pornography when users unlocked their devices. If you're interested in signing up for the beta, you can do so over on the official Android website. Pixel 3 phones come equipped with both products.

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