Ava for Professionals

 

Ava is a mobile application that provides real time captions to empower deaf and hard of hearing people to participate better in conversations. It connects people’s smartphones to each other, and captures the audio from a conversation, to translate all the speech into text. This way, a deaf or hard of hearing person can follow exactly who is saying what. 

Above is a video that shows you what this can look like:

In a group conversation, each smartphone with Ava is turned into a smart microphone for each person. Ava captions what people says in less than a second. Always looking at the best for your clients? Offer them the forefront of accessibility: many mobile ears and an artificial intelligence to complement hearing aids.

How does Ava works for group conversations.

Hearing aids, lip-reading or other assistive listening devices are not always enough for your deaf/hard-of-hearing clients to follow conversations. Restaurants, group conversations, spending time with friends, these are all situations that are challenging because. Not anymore – these situations are exactly what Ava has been designed for.

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Ava is a mobile app that everyone (coworkers, family members, friends) download on their smartphone. By connecting each other via the app, every smartphone becomes a microphone, and Ava captions what the group says on the deaf/hard-of-hearing person phone. They can then answer by either talking, or if they have a “Deaf” voice, typing. Ava can even voice the deaf person’s answer.

Ava is free, try and see for yourself: click here to download the app.

All NYC subway stations will have cell service by January 9th–engadget.com

Jon Fingas@jonfingas

01.06.17 in Transportation

When officials recently vowed that all New York City underground subway stations would have cellular coverage sometime in early 2017, they weren’t joking. Governor Cuomo has revealed that all active stations will have service from AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon on January 9th. That’s on top of WiFi, which went live just before 2016 came to a close. The only exceptions are four stations that are either in mid-renovation or about to go through renovations, but they’ll have live service as soon as the makeovers are finished.

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By Dan Moren

As a happy Amazon Echo user for nearly two years now, you might think I wouldn’t be in the market for any other voice-controlled virtual assistant–and you’d be wrong. Dead wrong

Upon returning home from my lengthy trip last month, one of the boxes awaiting me contained a Google Home that I’d ordered while abroad. Given how much I enjoy and appreciate the Echo, I’ve concluded that it’s incumbent upon me to at least try out the major competitors in the field, and right now that means Google’s lady-in-the-canister.

To date, I’ve only had a fairly limited opportunity to put the Home through its paces, and if the Echo is any indication, these devices are evolving quickly. With that in mind, here are some of my first impressions of Google’s foray into the smart speaker market.

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One of the benefits of using LED lights is that they last longer and they consume less energy, so while they might cost more than regular lights, in the long run you should save yourself some money. However it seems that over at Dyson, they have created a lamp called the Cu-Beam Duo that will apparently last for 22 years before you need to change its bulb.

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New Basic Income Project Set to Launch in January

Universal Basic Income (UBI) has been gaining a lot of traction as of late with various industry expertsgovernment officials, and financial experts expressing the need to explore the possibilities of implementing a basic income program.

UBI is a lump sum of money given periodically to individuals unconditionally. There are no tests or work requirements that bar an individual from getting the money. In addition to this, the income that they will receive is a supplement to their total income which means that under this system, individuals have an option to work or not.

At the heart of the proposals for UBI is the prevention of poverty in certain countries which is why it is highly suited in regions like Africa where poverty is rampant.

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This pilot study is one of many that are being planned out around the world. Finland has already started to give out basic income to its residents with the same goal of reducing poverty. Ontario, Canada and Oakland, California are also starting to plan out their own programs.

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