Google launches Relate, a communication tool for people with language disabilities

During the Google Inventors event, Google focused on showing the current Google AI-based technology products and launched the Project Relate application that helped people with language disabilities to have conversations.

At present, diseases including stroke, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury or Parkinson’s may affect people’s language function. According to reports, Project Relate is an App on the Android platform, designed for people with language disabilities. This App can create a customized language model for this group of people and has three main functions: listening, repeating, and helping.

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During the listening session, Relate can transcribe the dictated content into text in real-time, and copy and paste the text into other applications for people to read. In the repetition session, Relate is able to repeat what is said in a clear synthetic speech, which will make face-to-face conversations more useful. In the help section, Relate can be connected with Google Assistant to handle different tasks such as turning on the lights or playing songs.

According to reports, this application is still in the early stage of development, but Google’s research team has collected more than one million voice samples and is also looking for English-speaking testers in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States to try it out. The app does provide feedback to help us improve it.

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