Speech recognition may seem like a simple resource to most people. However, he is not always available to anyone who has some speech difficulties. Because they need a certain clarity in what is said, the tools end up having a limited use. Google has identified this problem and has been working to resolve it.
The company maintains projects that seek to enable more people to benefit from voice recognition. One of them is Project Euphonia, which uses artificial intelligence to recognize the different speech patterns of users.
The goal is to make devices able to transcribe what is said by people in different situations. For this, they need to recognize the statements of those who have difficulties caused by stroke (stroke), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injuries (LCT) or Parkinson’s disease, for example.
Google has not yet released a solution to the public, but they are being tested internally. In one of the experiments, the company recorded the voices of people with ALS and transformed them into a visual representation. From there, artificial intelligence was trained to understand words spoken in a new pattern.
“Our algorithms are currently aimed at accommodating people who speak English and have disabilities typically associated with ALS, but we believe that our research can be applied to larger groups of people and different speech disabilities,” says Google.
Live Relay makes voice calls more accessible
One of the company’s projects aims to allow everyone to be able to make a voice call. In the research phase, Live Relay (live relay, in free translation) is a resource capable of transforming text into speech and speech into text.
With it, you can type a text message so that the person on the other end of the line receives it as audio. When she responds, the cell phone converts what was said into a text message. In order for the message to be sent faster and the conversation to become natural, the solution uses Smart Reply and Smart Compose, created initially for Gmail.
“Live Relay is useful for those who do not speak or hear during a call, and can be especially useful for deaf and hearing impaired users, complementing existing solutions,” says Google.