Technology has revolutionised the way we communicate over the past few years. Texting, apps and video calling have made staying in touch with family, friends and colleagues possible, in ways that were unimaginable just a generation ago. Most can speak face to face with people who are thousands of miles away as easily as if they were in the same room by using a smartphone.
Most of us that is; However, Deaf and hard of hearing people who rely on text and subtitles have, unfairly, been left behind. HearClear intends to change this through delivering video calling with live subtitles through the smartphone.
Who can use it?
HearClear can be for EVERYONE.
Although it has been developed with the hard of hearing, anyone with an iPhone on iOS 13+ can use HearClear.
Most people use their phone to stay in touch with family and friends, but it can also be used by businesses to stay in touch with staff, customers and clients.
HearClear improves peoples hearing experience by recognising that ‘words’ we hear are only a small part of good communication. HearClear augments the sound of someone’s voice with
- Speech-reading – or lip-reading, focusing on the shapes made by someone’s lips
- Subtitles – providing captioned record of what someone has said in real time
- Signs – the ability to see someone using sign language/gesture
Desifa wants to change people’s lives by helping them make sense of what other people are saying on their phone. HearClear allows users to create their own hearing experience in accordance with their capabilities and preferences, filtering what they hear and see through auditory and visual prompts.
It took place week commencing 5th November 2018, between the co-founders of Desifa, in front of a live audience. CTO Steve Tinkler received the call from CEO Martin Phillips who was calling from New York, on Sixth Avenue where the first-ever mobile phone call was also made, almost 50 years previously.