Google presents two new smartphone services designed to help people who are deaf or hard of hearing. One of the previously published Audio Amplifier app for Android phones, is available today. It enables you to put smartphone headphones to reduce background noise, expand quiet sounds, and just leave loud sounds.
The other is a new app of the Live Transcribe name that uses speech technology to text to display captions on smartphone display very closely.
Live Transcribe is presented in a limited beta that starts today, and both apps will be available pre-installed on smart Pixel 3 phones.
Google has been in the speech business to text for years. Google Voice provides automatic transcripts of voice message messages, and while the results are perfect, they have improved better over time, thanks to the teaching of machines. Voice support for Android devices, which led to the creation of a Google Assistant ultimately, allows users to interact with a wide range of devices using the same thing. voice.
Live Transcribe gives the company's current technology so that everything you need is a smartphone with a microphone and a screen to display a closed caption for real-time conversations without a person needing to type a transcript.
As someone who has spent a lot of time typing transcripts of interviews for podcasts and radio stories over the years, I can definitely see how this technology might have applications beyond providing a new way for deaf and heavy people hearing hearing – though I am; I am not sure if Google has any plans to let consumers export a transcript (and there are existing services that provide automated transcripts of oral audio).
But Google sets Live Transcribe as an accessibility service, and for good reason – hundreds of millions of people are affected by a hearing loss and I suspect that many of them could take advantage of such an instrument.
Once you have installed Live Transcribe on a smartphone, you can use it by enabling it in the Accessibility Settings, and then open the app of the access button in the navigation bar.
The app should be able to identify "over 70 languages and dialects," and as well as providing word words captions, it allows participants in a conversation to make responses with a keyboard. There is also support for external microphones for better accuracy.