Speech recognition company Voiceitt has launched a new app which empowers individuals to navigate their environments and control smart home devices using their own voice commands.

The app, which is available here on the Apple Store, can be downloaded for free – for a limited period of time – by individuals or in volume by institutions, nursing facilities and organisations.

While a growing portion of the world’s population now has access to the advantages of smart home devices that enable them to turn on the lights, listen to music, and more with their voice, Voiceitt wanted to find a way to help those who cannot use their own voices to utilize such widespread speech technology.

The company states that the launch of its “life-changing voice recognition technology” has come at a pivotal time, where people have been social distancing and potentially cut off from vital care support, such as from carers or families.

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According to Voiceitt, isolation and social distancing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic has left many individuals with speech and motor impairments either separated from loved ones or cut off from care facilities and other support often crucial to their wellbeing.

By initially offering its app at no cost, Voiceitt aims to mitigate some of the hardships created by the pandemic and improve the quality of life for as many people affected as possible.

Danny Weissberg, CEO and Co-founder of Voiceitt commented: “Everyone deserves to be able to express themselves and to be understood.

“With this launch, countless people with non-standard speech will be able to use their own voice to easily communicate with caregivers, loved ones and even their smart home devices.

“I’m so proud to make our technology available to this wonderful community. Voice recognition technology is finally becoming accessible to everyone.”

Voiceitt’s app integrates with Amazon’s Alexa to increase independence and quality of life for individuals with speech and motor disabilities.

The Voiceitt experience begins with a simple training phase, allowing the software to better recognize an individual’s speech. After the user repeats a set of words and phrases several times, the Voiceitt app builds an artificial intelligence-powered speech model that allows the individual to communicate specific commands.

App users can build a personalized dictionary and train the app to recognize their unique pronunciation, a process which takes no more than five minutes on average per phrase.

The app then recognizes a user’s trained phrases in real-time and translates output into typical speech – enabling users to convey complex sentences that help them better navigate their daily lives.

Smart technology is offering a lifeline for those who disabilities impact their ability to reach for their smartphone or tap a screen.  Mobility manufacturer Permobil recently introduced a new Voice Assistant feature to its MyPermobil app, programmed to work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, which enables wheelchair users to access key wheelchair information verbally while at home or on the go.

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