Being deaf isn’t easy. No matter how good your lipreading or sign language is, group conversations will remain a struggle. The app Ava looks like a pretty cool solution. It serves as a personal captioner, allowing a deaf person to be part of the conversation. Ava, which is short for ‘audio-visual assistant’ is developed by an American startup with a Dutch founder. The startup is preparing for a public launch next month.
Part of the conversation
By using Ava, the deaf person is constantly up to date about who says what in a group, allowing him or her to actively take part. Ava does this by picking up the voices, transcribing them on the device of the deaf person and delivering them in a slick, messaging-style interface.