Wednesday, 11/24/2021 15:35 PM (GMT+7)
Recently, Google has officially released a new update for the Look to Speak application, adding 17 new languages (including Vietnamese) and supporting users to talk with their eyes.
In the last few years, technology has undergone many transformations, helping to improve the quality of life and increase work productivity. Typically, Google’s group of accessibility applications allows people with visual impairments, hearing impairments, disabilities… to make eye contact or experience the outside world with their ears.
Google apps allow people with disabilities to make eye contact. Photo: Google
Recently, Google has released a new update for the Look to Speak application, adding 17 new languages, including Arabic, Bengali, German, Spanish (Spain/LatAm), French, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Portuguese, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and Vietnamese.
Thanks to the newly added languages, many people with disabilities around the world will be able to communicate more easily with loved ones or caregivers.
Look to Speak is currently available for free on Google Play, compatible with devices running Android 9 and up. The app will rely on machine learning algorithms to track a person’s eye movements using the front camera.
Install and give full permissions to the app. Photo: MINH HOANG
The interface of the application is quite simple with 2 columns left and right containing commonly used words or phrases. What you need to do is glance left or right to select, if you want to return to the original interface, users just need to glance up.
Glance left or right to communicate. Photo: MINH HOANG
When you select a word or phrase, the app automatically plays a sound through the phone speaker. Users can customize the vocabulary list or add their own terms in the application settings.
Added vocabulary or sensitivity list in app settings. Photo: MINH HOANG
Of course, Look to Speak is not a replacement for assistive devices for people with disabilities, however, it will make it easier for them to communicate with just a smartphone. Overall, this is an instantly accessible and much cheaper solution than specialized medical devices.
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