There are over 360 million Deaf and hearing impaired people in the world. The new Transcense application is a real-time personal captioner that can make group conversations between the deaf and hearing possible. No sign language required.
Group conversations are very difficult situations for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. There are multiple people talking, with different voice volumes and qualities. It can be very difficult to follow the conversation from person to person.
The line of vision between the talker and listener is not always ideal. It can require the listener who is deaf or hard of hearing to have to awkwardly move positions to get a good view of the speaker in order to understand them better. For deaf individuals who rely on written communication, writing each conversation can be very time-consuming and disruptive.
With Transcense, users can follow group conversations by using the real-time captioning app right on their smart phone. They set up the app up on their phone and the people in the conversation simply connect to them.
How does it work?
The app transforms each person's speech into text, allowing the user to read each and every person's part of the conversation immediately on their phone. Each speaker is assigned a color bubble on the app so the user will know who is saying what. It will keep them engaged in the conversation and leave them feeling empowered to join in.
TechCrunch wrote an awesome article and used the following image to explain it more visually.
For those Transcense users without verbal communication, the app provides two-way communication by allowing the user to “speak” using a personalized voice.
This app shows a lot of promise for group situations, such as business meetings, family dinners, or simply just hanging out with a group of friends.
The great thing about it is that you start the conversation with Transcense and anyone can join for free. Only the person creating the Transcense conversation is responsible for purchasing the application.
Not only can transcense help them be a part of the conversation, but it can help them save money as well. Interpreters can be very expensive, costing around $100/hour. Transcense will be a much less expensive option.
Deaf individuals will no longer have to rely on an interpreter to have an important conversation. Their own personal captioner will be available right in their pocket.
Transcense can create a lot of autonomy for Deaf and hard of hearing individuals around the world. It is an exciting new technology breakthrough that can change the lives of many. It is the first one we've seen that uses speech recognition technology in real-time from a smartphone device.
You can watch a video here for more information about the exciting things Transcense is doing to break communication barriers.