This post highlights the following:
- What is Speech2RTT?
- Where is Speech2RTT being released?
- Benefits of using Speech2RTT;
- Cost to use Speech2RTT;
- How Speech2RTT is different than any other real time text (RTT) application;
- Challenges involved in processing everything locally, on your smart phone;
- Why are you trying to process everything locally on Android devices?
- How to use Speech2RTT;
- When not to use Speech2RTT;
- Circumstances under which Speech2RTT may not work; and,
- What you can do to help us improve Speech2RTT.
1. What is Speech2RTT?
Speech2RTT is an Android (only) application that enables people who are deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, and speech-impaired, to communicate (using real time text messaging only) with anyone using an Android smart phone. Users are given the option of using:
- Speech to real-time text streaming technology; or,
- A virtual/physical/Bluetooth smart phone keyboard.
Once again, in this release, Speech2RTT does not offer simultaneous voice + speech to RTT communications. This will come in a future release.
2. Where is Speech2RTT being released?
Initially, only in the United States. Other countries will soon follow.
3. Benefits of using Speech2RTT
- Works over all cellular networks;
- Transcribes speech to text, in real-time, in 68 languages;
- Provides Communications that are 100% private. No communications assistants (CAs) are involved;
- No limits are imposed on the length of communications;
- Offers 24×7 availability with absolutely no waiting time;
- Enables users to communicate “on the go” since it is a mobile app;
- Fast communications: less than 300 ms latency streaming from one device to another; and,
- No voice-training is needed, even with accents;
4. Cost to use Speech2RTT
Speech2RTT is being offered at no cost until October 1, 2018, at which time a $12 annual fee will be assessed for continued use;
5. How Speech2RTT is different than any other real time text (RTT) application;
Speech2RTT® handles all of the following processes, locally, on your Android smart phone in real time using your smart phone’s memory, CPU, and storage space:
- Speech Recognition;
- Speech Transcription;
- Error Correction;
- Streaming transcribed text to other party;
- Receiving and display the other party’s text messages in real time;
6. Challenges involved in processing everything locally, on your smart phone;
Your smart phone may not have the power to run Speech2RTT efficiently (read on). This is because there are astronomical differences in CPU power/speed, amount of memory, memory capabilities, and disk space from phone to phone. For example, Android CPU ratings (across the 738 tested Android devices) vary in processing power by a factor of 746:1! You can check the benchmark power ratings of your Android smart phone using the following up-to-date links:
Complicating things even more…
Did you know that there are 18,017 model Android devices are currently in use, around the world? Click here to obtain the list
7. Why are you processing everything locally on Android devices?
It is our intention to integrate Peer-to-Peer (P2P) communication (device to device, directly) capabilities into Speech 2RTT in our next release. What’s the big deal? Given the fact that everything is processed locally on the devices running Speech2RTT combined with P2P communication capabilities, Speech2RTT will be fully-operable in cases of catastrophic natural (and other) disasters that take out all communications. This can be a life-saving feature, not only for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, and speech-impaired… and everyone else, especially first-responders and emergency workers. These disasters occur more often that you may remember. Checkout the following list: List of U.S. Billion-dollar disaster events, 1980–2017
8. How to use Speech2RTT
- After speaking each string of text, pause for two (2) seconds before commencing to speak again.
- If you find that you are talking over each other, and that words are being dropped at the beginning of sentences, please take turns speaking/typing.
- Speak as clearly and distinctly as possible;
- Speak at a normal pace;
- If words are transcribed incorrectly, repeat them;
- If you opt to type your messages in real time, make sure that Speech2RTT’s “Stop Listening” button is activated.
- Turn off all other running apps on your smart phone before using Speech2RTT
9. When not to use Speech2RTT
- Do not place 911 RTT calls or any other type of calls that could you consider critical, or an emergency. It was not designed to do this.
- Do not use Speech2RTT to try and establish “TTY to RTT” or “RTT to TYY” communications. It was not designed to do this.
- Do not use Speech2RTT when other VoIP, SIP, or WiFi calling apps are running at the same time. It was not designed to do this.
- Do not use Speech2RTT when any other apps are running on your device.
10. Circumstances under which Speech2RTT may not work
- Your smart phone is not powerful enough to run the app;
- You do not follow the “How to Use” guidelines presented in #8, above;
11. What you can do to help us improve Speech2RTT
- If there are Speech2RTT features you would like us to add, or that did not work as expected, please tell us about it using Speech2RTT’s internal support feature, rather than giving Speech2RTT a low rating. All you need to do, to report a bug or suggest an improvement is shake your smart phone while Speech2RTT is active. Using this process provides us with the information we need to continually improve Speech2RTT. We promise to do our best to ensure that your user experience is a good one. Thank you. 🙂