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Google Live Transcribe is potentially life-changing for people with hearing impairments

Google Live Transcribe is potentially life-changing for people with hearing impairments

With our current developments in technology, you’d be fooled into thinking that a solution for just about everything has already been invented. However, it’s perfecting this technology to make it usable in everyday life that’s the hardest part.

Take Google’s newest Android features – Google Live Transcribe. Designed for those who are hard of hearing or deaf, you may wonder why this technology has taken so long to be developed. We already have dictation software used by journalists and businesses alike that can transcribe recorded conversations. However, Google’s Live Transcribe takes this technology to the next level.


Working in real time (well, pretty much!), the Live Transcribe app transcribes speech to large, readable text on your mobile phone screen – aiding those with hearing difficulties to interpret conversations in situations they may not have been able to before. The app will not only help people in these situations, it will also provide them with confidence and independence when they need it most (think ordered a coffee in a noisy cafe, for example).

The app will display a pulsing blue circle in the corner to let the user know if they need to move the device closer to the speaker to work better and there’s a pop-up keyboard if the user wants to type a reply. If there’s a pause in the conversation, the app will obviously stop transcribing. However, once the conversation starts up again, the app will vibrate the device to let the user know that the speech has begun – reminding them to look at the app to see the transcription. The app also as over 70 different languages to choose from so you can read accurate translations no matter what language is being spoken.

What’s the catch? The app is only currently available for Android (beta) – but is already available for the Google Pixel 3 (check out your settings). The app will also only work with an internet connection which may prove an issue, especially for older users. Despite this, we can’t wait to test it out for ourselves and see it being used in real-life situations to help those that need it most.

To learn more and join the beta for Google Live Transcribe, see here.

Source: Google Blog

No need to tie your shoe laces with Nike Adapt self-lacing footwear

No need to tie your shoe laces with Nike Adapt self-lacing footwear

Are you one of those people that loves lace-ups but hates tying them? Guilty! Well, now you can wave your lacing woes goodbye (well, at least for your sports shoes!) with Nike’s newest footwear line. Our first look at self-lacing shoes was back in 2016 with Nike’s HyperAdapt, but now they’re back with a newer version – minus the buttons.


Nike’s Adapt footwear are here to make sure you never tie your laces again. Designed to look like your average stylish sports shoes, the Adapt hides some very clever technology inside. Simply slip your foot into the shoe and watch your laces tie themselves. Well, when we say ‘tie’ we actually mean tighten (although if they tied the laces into bows we’d be pretty impressed!)


Through Nike’s partnered mobile app, users can select the fit and feel of each shoe to tailor to their preferences. You’ll even be able to change the way your shoes fit during a game of sport – loosening or tightening the fit of each shoe depending on your different sporting needs throughout the game. The app will collect and store your personal data, saving your preferences for easier selection the next time you put on your shoe. As with any health and fitness wearable, there’s a worry about the collection of data and user’s privacy, however Nike have provided the ability to opt out of data sharing if you’re unsure.


Nike’s Adapt hidden technology is aptly named E.A.R.L (Electric Adaptable Reaction Lacing) which is activated as soon as your heel hits the sole of the shoe – using a motor and gears to instantly tighten and adapt the pressure and feel of the shoe to give you the best fit. The Adapt will be a revolution on the sports fields – keeping the perfect fit whatever your game, without the worry of laces untying and shoes loosening their fit throughout.

Nike is clearly ahead of the game when it comes to smart footwear, leading the way for wearables and carving a path for other brands to begin developing new products integrating the latest technology. Nike’s Adapt will go on sale globally this February, retailing at around $350.00.

Source: BBC.com

The folding tablet to smartphone is finally here, but was it worth the wait?

The folding tablet to smartphone is finally here, but was it worth the wait?

We’ve been anticipating this moment for the past few years and it’s finally here. Rumours of a foldable smartphone or tablet have been going round and round, with several ‘prototypes’ appearing at global tech trade shows, yet none seemed ready to release to the public – until now. The world’s very first folding smartphone has been launched in China – but not by a company you might expect or even recognise.

Royole are a small manufacturer in China, beating the big tech companies (think Samsung, LG and Huawei to name a few!) to develop and retail the world’s first foldable phone/tablet device. Currently only available to the Chinese commercial market (available for pre-order elsewhere) the aptly named FlexPai combines your smartphone and tablet to be used folded or unfolded – portable and compact enough to slip into your back pocket and take with you anywhere. Move over Apple, the iPhone is out!


So, how does it work? Well, the device looks like a standard 7.8 inch tablet. However, on the reverse is a central hinge to allow the FlexPai to fold in half. Royole's 2nd Generation, Ultrathin, Cicada WingTM, Fully Flexible Display (quite the mouthful) is able to withstand the folding process, providing you with two separate smartphone-sized screens (4 inches each) when folded in half – all without breaking or losing picture quality. Royole boasts that the screens have been tested to fold over 200,000 times without breaking, which should be enough to last you until your next upgrade!


Royole has made sure that you don’t miss out on all the latest smartphone specs just because the device folds in half. With a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, a 20MP rear camera and a 16MP front camera, the specs seem to be up to scratch. Plus, the FlexPai can run off Android Pie or Royole’s very own operating system, depending on which one suits. Royole has made use of the folding element, making it much more than just a gimmick. For example, when folded, the two screens can be completely separate – making it easy to support two apps at once or even play a game against your friends with one screen each. It also makes for great photography, displaying the camera view on both screens when folded, helping you to take the perfect picture each time.


Are there any downsides to a foldable device? Well, there’s rumours that the FlexPai screen isn’t as quick at adjusting as you might like – with noticeable delays when you fold, unfold or rotate the device. Many are also not fans of the rubber hinge, saying that it makes the rear of the device rather ugly and may require some intensive cleaning over time.

Royole’s FlexPai is the very first generation of foldable devices – meaning that there’s always going to be room for improvement. We can’t wait to see how this trend unfolds (we had to sneak that in!) in 2019. The Royole FlexPai is currently available for pre-order on their website, but unfortunately no more details have been announced yet.

Source: Royole