Once again, I am go
ing to refer you to our “Swiss army knife” assistive
listening device, our cell phones. There are ap
s that can assist us in
communicating. Basically, they provide captions. One can even use the
phone’s microphone and a headset/streamer/earbud/etc.
but that’s another story.
This article will focus on a couple of captioning ap
s that may be helpful.
(iPhone) worked similarly
in a low
The main issue is the phone’s microphone’s ability to
pick up the voice we want. A reasonably price microphone can be purchased
into the phone. Note the jacks may require special plugs.
Steve Fraiser tells us:
For any who are not aware of the new Google app,
, and secure
enough to not have an iPhone, this is a remarkable new speech to text app that is
The app is free. The service is free. You can set the size of the type
and the app even punctuates!
It was demonstrated to me other day at a small meeting. With an Android phone on
the table the app captioned both of us sitting across the table from each other as we
talked and the captions were almost instant.
st chance I got
I downloaded it to
my Moto and tried it at home. Worked great
can even give you captions of what's
actually being said on the news and weather instead of the teleprompter script that's
always ahead of the reporter or, in some cases, has nothing to do with what's being
said on the weather.
was developed to meet a specific need, and as a business
it has a
nominal cost, whereas Live Transcribe is free.
was presented at the HLAA National convention and
is free and a great captioning app. It can be used to caption PowerPoint
presentations, too. It works on both iPhone and Android. (David Myers)
Ann Thomas tells us:
The iRig Mic Lava is the audio solution for film television or broadcasting scenarios.
This lavalier mic provides convenient crisp high
quality audio right into your
smartphone or tablet. It's equipped with an omnidirectional condenser microphone to
pick up sound from all directions and the foam pop filter eliminates vocal plosives
and wind noises. Any app that accepts input from a headset connection is compatible
with the iRig Mic Lav. More thanks to the built
in switch is it possible to connect up to
two iRig Mic Lava to the same device or an earphone. Just connect the 1/8 inch.
TRRS jack to your device (both iOS and Android) open your recording app and you're
ready to capture quality audio. The in
line connector hosts a 1/8 inch. TRRS and a
dedicated switch that allows you to connect your headphones for monitoring your
recording or a second iRig Mic Lav. Features include: * Professional Lavalier Mic with
TRRS Jack * High
directional condenser capsule * Includes foam pop
shield and durable mountable clip * Compatible with audio apps that accept audio
input * Compatible with Apple iOS/Android devices * Allows you to
connect both headphones and a second iRig Mic Lava (Amazon) (Ann Thomas)
These apps can be downloaded from your app store or Google Store. It
would be neat if we could try these in several situations and report back to
the results and opinions.
Most of this material was taken from HLAA Leaders List and
Loopers on Google Groups. We thank them for their contribution.
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