In this era of connectivity, how would you feel if you lose your ability to express your opinion? How would you feel if you lose your voice?
The question asked above is the reality of millions of people worldwide. Some can’t speak since birth, while some others have lost their voice to accidents or diseases.
Being mute affects a person’s life in many ways, the most significant being the need to communicate via gestures and/or other alternative methods. However, there are many in the world who aren’t just mute, but also victims of major disorders like Autism, Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome.
To help those with such severe communication problems, we have designed Vaakya, an application for smartphones that will break down every communication and language barrier that speech-impaired people face. It is a picture-based app which acts as a means of augmentative and alternative communication, one that can be customised by users according to their special needs.
● With customisation at its core, Vaakya comes equipped with some amazing and feasible features. For instance, you don’t need internet connectivity to make it work. Vaakya can operate without it as well.
● Multiple User Accounts – To keep data of different students and patients more organised. This feature benefits parents, teachers, guardians, doctors and many others.
How does it work?
While using Vaakya, you can audio record full sentences in any desirable language and associate them with a picture. The speech associated with the corresponding action can be recorded and played back in any language, providing greater flexibility. This makes it easier for others to recognise any form of communication and identify exactly what has been said. Through multiple user accounts, moreover, the app can also help segregate accounts of individuals according to their unique actions and speech specifications.