Google made an app to ease communication for people with speech impairments | Engadget

Though some companies have started to make their products work better for people with atypical speech, the most prevalent services still don't hear them well. Google announced today that it's made a new Android app called Project Relate that could help people with speech impairments communicate more easily with others and the Assistant. But this is an important first step towards improving speech recognition for those with atypical speech. For too long, people with speech impairments have struggled to be understood not only by other people, but also by voice-based technology. Project Relate would use custom models trained on each individual user's speech patterns. The app is still being tested, with the company saying it will get back applicants for beta testing positions "in the coming months." When someone first launches the app, it'll ask them to repeat a few phrases to create a base model and understand the way they speak.
For too long, people with speech impairments have struggled to be understood not only by other people, but also by voice-based technology. Though some companies have started to make their products wo… [+1294 chars]