The landline’s answerphone is flashing. I cannot retrieve the message because I cannot hear the words. Ah, well…will have to ask my son to come round and listen for me, or go and ask a neighbour to help. Just an everyday problem for deafened folk like me.
But surely there must be a technological way round this? If an answerphone message can be accessed remotely on a linked phone line, e.g. a mobile, then surely the words spoken could be converted into text and displayed on the screen of that mobile. That would solve the problem. Or is this but a dream?
So here is a challenge for web developers out there: to invent an app that could be downloaded on to a mobile phone and linked with the user’s landline. This dream app would be able to convert speech – any speech – to text. I could then read the words on the screen of my mobile. Job done.
But this dream speech-to-text converter could be useful to the wider community as well. If you are in a busy environment, it would be better to read the words of a voice message on screen rather than try to listen.
I suspect developers will say that the stumbling block is that speech-to-text converting software has to be trained to understand the voice of the user. But, of course, a message could be left by anyone, and all voices are different.
But surely there is a way round this problem? I post in hope.