US Deaf News: Crowdsourcing app to provide real-time subtitles?

Posted on July 26, 2012

According to a recent report by Jacob Aron, deaf people could soon benefit from real-time subtitles of live events, sent to their smartphones.

By downloading the app, ‘Scribe’, users would be able to access a crowdsourced central server which recruits a number of workers to listen to the event through the user’s phone and produce subtitles. Each worker listening to the same event focuses on transcribing a specific area, to improve accuracy.

The system is designed by Jeffrey Bigham at the University of Rochester, New York, who says;

“We hope in the next few months to get a version of this out to deaf and hard of hearing students to better understand how they want to use the captions.”

The full article can be found on the New Scientist website.


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