Big Boost for Hearing Impaired Students
Tuesday, 6th December 2011 at 10:50 am
People with hearing impairments could benefit greatly from a large Federal government investment in technology that converts live speech into text on tablets or laptops in seconds.
Sydney based technology company Ai-Media received $1.7 million to help commercialise its Ai-Live technology, which delivers real time speech captioning to laptops, tablets, iPads and other web-enabled devices.
Ai-Live is one of 23 Australian inventions to share in $10 million Commonwealth funding through the Commercialisation Australia program.
Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator the Hon Jan McLucas said, "With this Australian Government grant, Ai-Live could become part of any classroom."
Ai-Live has already proved effective in pilot studies in New South Wales and Victorian schools and has now received an Australian Government grant of more than $1.7 million to help commercialise the system.
Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said the fast, accurate speech-to-text technology could make a crucial difference in schools and workplaces for people with hearing difficulties.
"The best new products are those that directly help people and Ai-Live is a great example of this," Carr said.
"The technology has the potential to dramatically improve the quality of life and opportunities for many Australians with hearing impairments."Either there are no banners, they are disabled or none qualified for this location!
Ai-Live allows quick delivery of accurate text by relaying audio to a remote trained operator who re-speaks, with punctuation, into special speech recognition software.