Subtitles make TV far more accessible for deaf people, but new research promises to give people with hearing difficulties the option to subtitle their everyday lives, too, using crowdsourced transcribers.
Researchers from the University of Rochester have developed an app which allows deaf individuals to read subtitles that correspond to what's happening to them, in their day-to-day lives. The app, called Scribe, beams an audio track from the user's phone to a central server.
From there, the system recruits workers from Amazon's Mechanical Turk crowdsourcing service. Each worker then hears the full audio stream from the user's phone, and is asked to transcribe what they hear.
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