Speech2RTT Overview

This post highlights the following:

  1. What is Speech2RTT?
  2. Where is Speech2RTT being released?
  3. Benefits of using Speech2RTT;
  4. Cost to use Speech2RTT;
  5. How Speech2RTT is different than any other real time text (RTT) application;
  6. Challenges involved in processing everything locally, on your smart phone;
  7. Why are you trying to process everything locally on Android devices?
  8. How to use Speech2RTT;
  9. When not to use Speech2RTT;
  10. Circumstances under which Speech2RTT may not work; and,
  11. 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.

This release, Speech2RTT does not offer simultaneous voice + speech to RTT communications. This is planned for our next release.

2. Into what countries is Speech2RTT being released?

Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, State of Palestine, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Vietnam.

3. What are the benefits of using Speech2RTT

  • Works over all cellular networks, worldwide;
  • Transcribes speech to text, in real-time, in 68 languages;
  • Provides Communications that are 100% private. There are no communications assistants (CAs) involved.
  • No limits are imposed on the length of a communication;
  • Offers 24×7 availability with absolutely no waiting;
  • Enables users to communicate “on the go” since the service is provided on 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 the following pricing will go into effect:

  1. $12.00/year Least cost option
  2. $7.00 per Half Year ($14.00/year)
  3. $4.00 per Quarter ($16.00/year)
  4. $1.50 per Month ($18.00/year)

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:

  • Speech Recognition;
  • Speech Transcription;
  • Error Correction;
  • Streaming transcribed text, in real time, to the party you are communicating with;
  • Receiving and displaying the other party’s text messages on your smart phone, in real time;

6. Challenges involved in processing everything, locally, on your smart phone;

Your smart phone may not have the resources necessary to use Speech2RTT. This is because there are astronomical differences in CPUs (power/speed), Memory Chips (capacity/speed), and storage space. For example, Android CPU ratings (across 738 tested Android devices) vary in processing power by a factor of 746:1! You can check the benchmark statistics for your Android smart phone using the following links. Source: https://www.androidbenchmark.net/

Complicating things even more…

There are currently more than 18,000 model Android devices in use around the world! Click here to obtain the list

7. Why are we opting to process everything locally on your Android Smart Phone?

It is our intention to integrate Peer-to-Peer (P2P) communication (device to device, directly) capabilities into Speech 2RTT as part of our next release. So, what’s the big deal?

Given the fact that everything is processed locally, combined with P2P communication capabilities, Speech2RTT will remain fully-operable in cases of natural (and other) disasters that result in catastrophic communications infrastructure failures. This can be a life-saving feature, not only for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, and speech-impaired… but everyone else, including first-responders and emergency workers. Catastrophic communications infrastructure failures 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

  • Take turns when communicating with others;
  • After speaking each string of text, pause for two (2) seconds before commencing to speak again. This provides your smart phone with enough time to empty and stream any text remaining in the buffer. 
  • Speak as clearly and distinctly as possible;
  • Speak at a normal pace;
  • If words are transcribed incorrectly, simply 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.
  • Do not use Speech2RTT to try and establish “TTY to RTT” or “RTT to TTY” communications.
  • Do not use Speech2RTT when other VoIP, SIP, or WiFi calling apps are running at the same time.
  • Do not use Speech2RTT when any other apps are running on your device.

10. Circumstances under which Speech2RTT may not work

  • Your smart phone does not have the resources necessary to run Speech2RTT;
  • You are not following 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!

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