An App That Lets You Converse With The Deaf, No Sign Language Necessary – Poor Headline :-(

October 17, 2014 Comments Off on An App That Lets You Converse With The Deaf, No Sign Language Necessary – Poor Headline :-(

Lots of discussion among CCAC members and friends about this. See new story below from another. Problems arising include:

accuracy? real realtime? machine speech to text still in early stages for many voices – and the headline? Hear this – most people with hearing loss, deafened, or deaf do not use sign language. (Sure, some do, maybe even ten percent, at most.)

Good luck to this one too yet – areas of concern also include:

do we want to give money to market something? or do we prefer to give money to boost usefulness? – you decide.

CCAC has recently been sent information about this one, Roger Voice, Google’s own, and another from MIT…buyer beware. Donor beware. More will come along too. Nothing wrong with them, yet let’s be honest – and ask – are they good enough? In some situations, probably yes, up to a point. For your doctor visit? Probably not, yet for some voices, perhaps even there.

A professional captioner (human being) may be what you really need. The cost needs to be covered. (Yes, we know it’s not easy at times, but you are worth it.)

We are not anti-these devices – not at all – but hype and marketing, well…it creates the wrong new myths.

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