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The Relate app may now eliminate the invisible communication barrier caused by speech problems.

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New Delhi, First Published Nov 12, 2021, 3:02 PM IST

Google has taken the initiative and produced an Android application called Project Relate to make technology accessible to everyone. This programme is designed specifically for persons who have difficulty speaking. Voice-assisted gadgets are one of the newest trends in the world of ones and zeros. However, until today, equipment capable of understanding persons with unusual speech had not been produced. The Relate app may now eliminate the invisible communication barrier caused by speech problems.

"In 2018, we discovered that our voice-recognition technology might be enhanced to assist individuals with speech difficulty," Julie Cattiau, Google's Product Manager, stated in the debut video released. She added that people with abnormal speech patterns, on the other hand, cannot get past these devices due to the hampered training of algorithms based on voice samples. The algorithms feed on unique speech patterns from millions of people, which subsequently aids in detecting the correct phrase or word pronounced by the person using the programme.

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The Relate app has three modes of operation: Listen, Repeat, and Assistant. The first level recognises your slurred voice and converts it to digital writing. The second level translates digital text into a clear, synthetic voice, and the third level is a function that connects the Relate app to your phone's Google Assistant. The application will grant persons with speech problems a basic human right to communicate and interact with others more effectively. Aubrie Lee, Brand Manager at Google, gave the app "Relate" because she has muscular dystrophy, which substantially hinders her speech.

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