The interactive speech-to-text system.
Bachelor project, inspired by Phonak AG.
ZHdK, 12 weeks 2016
Mentors: Susanne Marti, Christian Lehmann
The central topic of my BA thesis revolved around helping people suffering from severe hearing loss. Though currently hearing aids provide significant assistance in making sense of the auditory world surrounding us, deaf people still heavily rely on visual cues such as lip-reading to hold everyday conversations. However, lip reading in itself is limited as well: multiple participants, distance, and absence of visual contact are all factors hindering conversational comprehension. These limitations can significantly affect someone’s life, privately as well as professionally.
Dito is an interactive speech-to-text system. By combining a microphone, speech recognition software and the “Dito” application, it is capable of providing subtitles, enabling social participation in a professional setting. The hardware itself is a remote control with a microphone, allowing for the highlighting of text. The application provides an interface in which minutes can be displayed, edited, managed and shared with colleagues. Regardless of visual context, anyone suffering from severe hearing loss can now join the conversation. Interviews, tests and co-creation workshops with both potential users, as well as professionals, were part of the design process.
persona / scenario illustration / user experience survey/ interviews / co-creation workshops / rapid prototyping
Solidworks / Keyshot / Cura / Adobe Photoshop / Adobe Illustrator / Adobe After Effects