#61 of 100 - Voiceitt
No. 61 of #100israelistartups is Voiceitt
Between 5% and 10% of Americans have some form of communication disorder, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Communication disorders can be acquired through injury, developed over time, or the result of another condition such as cerebral palsy, ALS or Down syndrome.
Not only do these disorders make it more difficult for people to communicate, but they can also result in higher levels of unemployment and lower income levels. The ASHA estimates that these disorders cost the U.S. approximately $154 billion to $186 billion every year.
Furthermore, even in 'normal' times, such groups face the challenges of isolation and loneliness, due to difficulties with communication. The Covid Pandemic has simply exacerbated these issues and created a serious public health problem.
Empowering People to Communicate
Enter Israeli start-up Voiceitt, a speech recognition app for people with speech disabilities, disorders, or impairments.
Voiceitt's mission is to empower people with non-standard speech to communicate using their own voices by building accessible voice technologies for products & services everywhere.
The company is committed to accessibility and inclusion, helping individuals across the world communicate in the most natural way and live more independent lives using their own voices.
Voiceitt's first product is an easy to use app for people with speech disabilities, disorders, or impairments designed to understand non-standard speech caused by congenital or acquired conditions, including Cerebral Palsy, stroke, ALS, Parkinson's disease, Traumatic Brain Injury and more.
A Unique Solution
This first-of-its-kind speech recognition technology, designed for a large spectrum of speech impairments, learns the unique speech pattern of each user to assist them in being understood and to be heard. The technology recognizes any speech, making Voiceitt language independent.
Voiceitt uses proprietary machine learning and automatic speech recognition (ASR) technologies to identify and adapt to individuals’ unique impaired speech patterns so they can communicate and control smart devices using their own voice commands. The company’s state-of-the-art speech analysis technology can also recognize speech patterns including utterances, cadence of speech, breathing pauses and non-verbal sounds, in any language.
Voiceitt users begin with a simple training phase, repeating a set of words and phrases several times so the app can build an artificial intelligence-powered speech model that allows the individual to communicate specific commands. Users build a personalized dictionary and train the app to recognize their unique pronunciation. 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, the company explains.
Danny Weissberg, Co-Founder and CEO told us:
“Everyone deserves to be able to express themselves and to be understood. With our App, 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.”