Crowdsourcing App Could Help Deaf People Subtitle Their Daily Lives
Jul 26, 2012 12:19
Not everyone loves subtitles, but it can make TV really accessible for deaf people. A new research is looking into a way to give people with hearing difficulties the option to subtitle their everyday lives using crowdsourced transcribers. This is interesting!
Researchers from the University of Rochester have developed an app which lets deaf users read subtitles that correspond to their happenings around them. The app is called Scribe, and it beams an audio track from the user's phone to a central server.
The system then recruits workers from Amazon's Mechanical Turk crowdsourcing service. Workers will listen to the audio stream from the user's phone and is asked to transcribe what they hear. New Scientists:
All workers hear the full audio stream but the volume of different sections is raised and lowered, encouraging each person to focus on transcribing a particular part. Scribe then combines the partial transcriptions with software normally used to align evolutionarily related sequences of DNA. Bigham modified the software to account for common typos based on the layout of a keyboard - for example, if someone types "fqll", it is more likely they mean "fall" than "fill", because "a" is nearer to "q" than "i" is. The software then chooses the words that a majority of the workers have typed.
Scribe is 74 percent accurate compared to 88.5 percent from a trained stenographer—but at a fraction of the cost. The app is still in development, but the team behind it hope to have it in beta version ready for release.
You aren't going to learn any of these facts from the movies. You'll have to be a comic book nerd to know a few of them, and more about the characters you love. Here's some of those secrets, via All Things DC and Marvel. Check it out: Read more
We've seen a ton of famous actresses baring it all in their movies before. From Reese Witherspoon to Anne Hathaway, Katie Holmes, Halle Berry, Kate Winslet, the list goes on. But not all are comfortable doing the full monty. Some of them have used body doubles before. Here are some of them you thought you saw naked but didn't. Read more
Jack Donaghy may be a smarmy businessman on 30 Rock, but his thoughts on handshakes are actually quite accurate. The way you shake someone's hand can really reveal a lot about your personality, which might not bode well if you're looking to make a great first impression. To find out what your handshake reveals about you, check out the list below: Read more