Google is rolling out a new automated closed captions feature for Slides that will make the presentation tool a lot more accessible for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing.
The feature uses the microphone in a presenter's computer to detect what they're saying and transcribe it in real time as captions on the slides. The captions appear at the bottom of the screen for audience members to read. "Closed captioning in Slides can help audience members … who are deaf or hard of hearing, but it can also be useful for audience members without hearing loss who are listening in noisy auditoriums or rooms with poor sound settings,"
G Suite Accessibility Software Engineers Laura D'Aquila and Abigail Klein wrote in a Monday blog post. "Closed captioning can also be a benefit when the presenter is speaking a non-native language or is not projecting their voice."