For a deaf person, a group conversation is a difficult situation. For most people, it’s a great opportunity, with ideas flowing and all kinds of social cues going out. For a deaf person, it’s usually an exhausting confusion as they try to hold the thread of a conversation that’s changing every instant.
Over the years I’ve heard of and investigated lots of options for solving this problem. The usual ones are:
- Get an interpreter (I don’t know sign language though)
- Hire a live captioner (120 bucks an hour makes for a pretty expensive Friday night at your buddy’s house)
- Get a friend to help you (not a single person on earth who has a long enough attention span)
- Only hang out in small groups (makes for a dull social life)
- Say “what?” a lot (at least my friends find it entertaining, even if I don’t)
When I heard about Transcense’s IndieGoGo fundraiser and beta program, I contacted them right away. They’re making a phone app that captions speech in real-time, separating different speakers with different coloured speech balloons. Continue reading