[technology taskforce] Transcense: Making group conversations between Deaf & hearing possible: the first realtime captioning on a phone

Dev Anand Teelucksingh admin at ttcsweb.org
Wed Oct 15 04:37:11 UTC 2014

Interesting tech from Transcense which is running an Indiegogo funding for
$25,000 US to make their app available on major mobile platforms to allow
real time captioning on mobile phones so deaf or hard of hearing persons
can follow group conversations.

46 sec Transcense demo in action : http://youtu.be/sC3Q21WCEVc
3min 30sec video Indiegogo funding video : http://youtu.be/vvoglCTd6x8
Indiegogo Transcense campaign:

>From the Techcrunch story:

"Transcense is a new app that accurately translates conversations in real
time so the deaf and hard of hearing can participate in meetings,
presentations and conversations.

Founders Thibault Duchemin, Pieter Doevendans and Skinner Cheng say
one-on-one conversations are easy for the deaf. Either they are speaking
with someone who can sign or they can just read lips. However, it’s very
hard to follow group conversations with several people speaking at once.
This makes it hard to catch things and converse during group meals with
friends who don’t sign or at an office meeting where they might miss
something important.....

..... It works by catching conversations from the voices of different
individuals and assigning them a color bubble so the deaf person knows who
said what. It works with a distributed microphone system on all the devices
using the app so that it can distinguish each person from another. It then
translates those words and starts jotting them down in real time on the
app. The deaf and hard of hearing can then read what is going on as it

Dev Anand
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