Just HOW effective is it? Can it replace sign when deaf are having issues with text/grammar?
How an app will revolutionise education for deaf students. Imagine you’re in class trying to take down notes for an important test next week. How you do in this test and what you’re learning in school are not without far-reaching consequences in how your life and career will pan out.
Now imagine trying to do this without being able to hear. This is the reality for deaf and hard-of-hearing students everywhere. Not everyone is privileged enough to have an interpreter and not every learning environment will meet their needs. Google’s Live Transcribe app may change deaf students’ learning potential forever. “This app really helps all kinds of information, not just [making] education…accessible to a greater set of people. So if you’re hard of hearing or deaf, you don’t have to go to a special school anymore,” said Sagar Savla, a product leader in Google’s AI Research group, in a video conference at Google Malaysia last Friday.
“You can continue in the same hearing school or university and follow along and get conversations without having to learn or teach somebody else sign language.” All you need is a smartphone and Internet connection for Live Transcribe to turn speech into large, easy-to-read text on your phone screen in real-time. Available in 70 languages (including dialects such as Indian and South African English), the app also detects other sounds apart from speech, such as running water, a whistle or a baby crying.
The app lets you set a primary and secondary language, a convenient feature considering that in many countries, several languages can be spoken in one sentence alone. The app is able to correctly transcribe two languages at the same time.