Transcense is the world’s first technology which is designed to help the people who are deaf to have a better understanding in group conversations. There are about 360 million people in the world who are deaf and hard of hearing and this app is a huge benefit to them. The founders are Thibault Duchemin, Pieter Doevendans and Skinner Cheng.
Well, it is easy for the deaf with one-on-one conversations. They will either communicate through sign language or read the lips of the person speaking. However, this becomes hard when it comes to group conversations. If it is an office meeting, they might even miss out the important things. Hence, this app was introduced to make the communication easy. And, it is person for two of the founders, Cheng and Duchemin, the former being deaf since two and the latter having grown up with a family of deaf members.
Now let us move on to its working. It works by catching conversations from the voices of different people and assigns a color bubble to different individuals so as to help the deaf person in identifying who said what. Transcense works with distributed microphone system on all the devices using the app so that it can tell a person from another. Later, it will translate the words spoken and then those words will appear in no time on the app. Like this, the person who is deaf can read whatever conversation is going on. You can watch the video here to see how it works.
The founders launched an Indiegogo Campaign to help raise $25,000 so that they can use the money to spread word about their project. Transcense aims to solve two problems. One is helping to deaf keep up with group conversations and the other is to cut down on the costs of hiring an interpreter. Transcense will be $360 per year. Right now it is being tested in private beta.