A new app in development which has the potential to give stroke survivors who have lost their voice it back is asking for individuals with and without voice impairments to contribute their voices.
The app known as Whispp is currently in its Alpha stage, but promises to be a handy tool for stroke survivors with voice impairments.
Whispp promises to allow individuals with voice impairments to maintain “their identity and and sense of self,” even if they do not have the ability to speak clearly.
Joris Castermans, CEO and founder of Whispp, says: “Losing one’s voice due to illness, trauma or old age presents a challenging and isolating experience. Individuals who have lost their voice may feel frustrated, anxious or depressed, and it’s crucial to provide them with support, encouragement and tools that empower them.
“As someone who stutters, I understand firsthand the impact of being unable to say what you want. People can fully express themselves with Whispp and once again be understood. Whispp’s proprietary AI-powered speech technology will help create a more inclusive society for people who deal with speech issues and give millions worldwide their voices back. It’s something every human being deserves.”
How it works
Whispp converts whispered and vocal cord-impaired speech into a ‘natural voice’, with the notation and emotion that the speaker desires. Users with a speech impairment can download the app and select a male or female voice of their choosing.
By tapping the record button and speaking into their smartphone approximately two to four inches (five to ten centimetres) from their mouth. Whispp will instantly play the recorded message back in the users selected voice.
Those that wish to contribute their voice to Whispp can do so pressing the “Contribute” icon, tap to start recording, read the promoted sentences and submit.
Developers of Whispp hopes for a future where its AI model is trained on an individual’s voice in order to create a personalised voice to used by Whispp users.
They are also hoping to make it a possibility for those who have lost their voice fully to be able use old recordings of their voice when it was not impaired to be able to train the Whispp algorithm.
The developers have also made the point that speech therapists can use the Whispp app as a stimulating and supportive tool for their patients. Correspondingly, their patients can take pride in knowing that by doing their daily speech exercises, they are also helping others. Furthermore, this may also make it easier to do their speech exercises consistently and make it a point of pride to preserve.
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