Washington: Researchers have recently developed an app that provides captions for hard-of-hearing users, it has been reported.
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have created "speech-to-text" software for Google Glass that would allow a hard-of-hearing person, while a second person speaks directly into a smartphone. The speech would be converted to text, sent to Glass and displayed on its heads-up display.
Professor Jim Foley , School of Interactive Computing, who also has a hearing problem, said that this system allows wearers to focus on the speaker's lips and facial gestures.
Professor Thad Starner said that the phone-to-Glass system is helpful because speakers are more likely to construct their sentences more clearly, avoiding "uhs" and "ums."
However, if captioning errors are sent to Glass, the smartphone software also allows the speaker to edit the mistakes, sending the changes to the person wearing the device.
Jay Zuerndorfer, the Georgia Tech Computer Science graduate student who developed the software said that the smartphone uses the Android transcription API to convert the audio to text and the text would then be streamed to Glass in real time.
Captioning on Glass is currently available to install from My Glass.