Northfield-Based SpeechGear Transcribes in Real Time for DeafBy Lee, Wendy; Minneapolis Star Tribune,
Publication Date: June 16, 2010
Article features computer software that enables people who are deaf or hard of hearing to better communicate with people who may not know sign language. Interact-AS by SpeechGear allows users to type or write words and have them read aloud by the computer. The software also picks up what is being spoken by others and immediately translates it into text for the user to read on the computer screen. Interact-AS is being used in a Minnesota school district where it is also being implemented in special education for children who have difficulties communicating in writing. According to the company, its product is not meant to replace sign language interpreters; however, it is seen as a useful tool for deaf and hearing impaired users as it includes both text and voice recognition. It can also enable employers of deaf and hard of hearing comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which requires them to provide effective communication tools for people with disabilities. Interact-AS covers 750,000 words and new vocabulary can be added to the program.
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