University of Alicante develops new speech transcription technology
ListenAll allows hearing impaired users to follow a conversation, class or lecture in real time on their mobiles or tablets.
This and other technologies designed for the inclusion of students with disabilities will be presented at the conference on entrepreneurship and research in digital accessibility organised with the Vodafone Foundation Spain
Alicante, Monday 1 April 2019
The University of Alicante (UA) and the Vodafone Foundation Spain, committed to inclusive education, devote a conference to entrepreneurship and research in digital accessibility on Thursday, 4 April 2019, at the UA Germán Bernácer building assembly hall. A meeting that will host the presentation of new technologies such as ListenAll, a free application capable of recognising the voice and transcribing it into text designed to make the integration of people with hearing or motor impairment easier. The app is available for mobile devices with Android and iOSoperating systems.
Created and developed by the University of Alicante in collaboration with the Vodafone Foundation Spain, ListenAll allows a hearing-impaired user to follow a conversation, class or lecture in real time on their mobile phones or tablets, as well as improving the writing speed for people who find it difficult to write on devices with touch screens or physical keyboards. Among other innovations, this app put the captured text together and allows for adjustments of background colour and font size to improve readability, as well as storage, editing and subsequent messaging, for example, via email or WhatsApp
The technology developed in ListenAll is integrated into Ability Connect version 3.0, a free communication application for the integration of students with disabilities. Ability Connect allows multiple devices to communicate simultaneously via Bluetooth without the need for an Internet connection, although via WIFI or mobile data connection is also possible. This app uses advanced content display features tailored to the needs of people with hearing impairment, low vision or dyslexia.
Technological progress in our society is unstoppable and it is vital to ensure accessibility for all people by avoiding barriers to new digital products, processes and services. n this context, the UA conference on entrepreneurship and research in digital accessibility aims to spread the latest developments in this area and show the opportunities for research and entrepreneurship that arise in the process of digital transformation.
The conference will include several sessions and starts on Thursday 4 April at 9.30 am in the assembly hall at the University of Alicante Germán Bernácer building. There, the UA researchers responsible for the latest innovations in accessibility, such as Navilens, tracking system to help mobility of the blind; for PAAL, projects, focused on lifelogging services for frail and elderly people, and for SIIA, on human language technologies for an inclusive, equal and accessible society; as well as the European project ALdia that is committed to research based on innovation and teacher training.
Also, some pioneering projects in the area of accessibility will be presented, such as Timpers, trainers design for the blind; Trip&Feel social enterprise in the tourism sector with accessible and inclusive vessels; and AIUDO, platform for the elderly and vulnerable groups.
Actually, the conference itself will be a technology-based accessible scenario a magnetic loop for oral monitoring; automatic transcription into text through ListenAll and Ability Connect and sign language interpreter. The event can be followed from anywhere through video streaming.
The conference “Entrepreneurship and Research in Digital Accessibility” will be presented at 9:30 am at the assembly hall of the University of Alicante Germán Bernácer building by Vice President for students and Employment Nuria Grané and Vodafone Foundation Spain Director General Mari Satur Torre. The closing ceremony, scheduled for 2 pm., will be attended by University of Alicante President Manuel Palomar.