Google Live Transcribe is potentially life-changing for people with hearing impairments
With our current developments in technology, you’d be fooled into thinking that a solution for just about everything has already been invented. However, it’s perfecting this technology to make it usable in everyday life that’s the hardest part.
Take Google’s newest Android features – Google Live Transcribe. Designed for those who are hard of hearing or deaf, you may wonder why this technology has taken so long to be developed. We already have dictation software used by journalists and businesses alike that can transcribe recorded conversations. However, Google’s Live Transcribe takes this technology to the next level.
Working in real time (well, pretty much!), the Live Transcribe app transcribes speech to large, readable text on your mobile phone screen – aiding those with hearing difficulties to interpret conversations in situations they may not have been able to before. The app will not only help people in these situations, it will also provide them with confidence and independence when they need it most (think ordered a coffee in a noisy cafe, for example).
The app will display a pulsing blue circle in the corner to let the user know if they need to move the device closer to the speaker to work better and there’s a pop-up keyboard if the user wants to type a reply. If there’s a pause in the conversation, the app will obviously stop transcribing. However, once the conversation starts up again, the app will vibrate the device to let the user know that the speech has begun – reminding them to look at the app to see the transcription. The app also as over 70 different languages to choose from so you can read accurate translations no matter what language is being spoken.
What’s the catch? The app is only currently available for Android (beta) – but is already available for the Google Pixel 3 (check out your settings). The app will also only work with an internet connection which may prove an issue, especially for older users. Despite this, we can’t wait to test it out for ourselves and see it being used in real-life situations to help those that need it most.
To learn more and join the beta for Google Live Transcribe, see here.
Source: Google Blog