need a text-to-speech app for cell phone.

Georgewes

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I have a hard time hearing a conversation in a coffee shop and such places. There are a lot of apps out there that translate speech to text but none that I tried worked unless the people were almost talking right into the cell phone. Any app that will pick up distant speech?
 

Jane B.

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You might want to see if Alex will help with changing your title or start a new thread. By saying
need a text-to-speech app for cell phone.
as your title that title is asking for the opposite of what you describe as what you need.

I am trying out Googles new Live Transcribe. It does still make errors but seems better than earlier apps.
 

zephren

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I have only used Live Transcribe once but I found it to be the most accurate and real-time of all that I have tried so far. I used it in a noisy restaurant during a busy Saturday lunch crowd. It worked well in my group of third other people.
 
Live Transcribe works well but it's not available for iPhones yet.

I've been using Otter, https://otter.ai

Although this one does not translate automatically, it's good for offline translations because the transcription quality is really good.

I like Otter because it's free (up to 600 minutes), and cheap (if you need more time).

- Continuous
- No one-minute limit
- Worked in classrooms
- Worked with lectures
- Worked with loudspeakers (e.g. auditoriums)
- Worked in a noisy mall (if mic is closer to speaker)
- Worked in a crowded business meeting room
- Can transcribe 10 voices simultaneously in a 10-person meeting if only one person speaks at a time.
- It keeps a recording of the audio

I find it is almost as good as a $100/hour human transcriber now. Just get a Blue Yeti microphone, connect it to your laptop, put microphone in the middle of the meeting room, and it realtime transcribes everybody continuously for two hours nonstop! At least the subject matter is common (not too many unusual tech terms such as computer programming).

Cloud AI has dramatically improved voice recognition to the point where I can finally now do "group conversations in noisy places"!!!
 
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Nita Thomas

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I have a hard time hearing a conversation in a coffee shop and such places. There are a lot of apps out there that translate speech to text but none that I tried worked unless the people were almost talking right into the cell phone. Any app that will pick up distant speech?
You might want to see if Alex will help with changing your title or start a new thread. By saying
need a text-to-speech app for cell phone.
as your title that title is asking for the opposite of what you describe as what you need.

I am trying out Googles new Live Transcribe. It does still make errors but seems better than earlier apps.
In Michigan There is an organization that provides free texting for HoH and Deaf for landline phones, but they are still working on it for cell phones. You could check with the HoH and Deaf services in your area for recommendations for you needs.
 
Mark
We are wanting to know what is being said as it is said. Not AFTER the lunch, church service or other event. You might also want to see this other thread where the title more closely fits the issue. http://www.alldeaf.com/threads/need-a-speech-to-text-app-that-works.131598/
Correct.

Google Live Transcribe is also Cloud AI too. Real-time.

Otter is like the iPhone version of “Android Live Transcribe”.

That way I can do the same thing on iPad & iPhone & Laptop & Windows & Surface.

Also real-time too.

Search “Otter” on App Store. It gives you 600 free minutes a month. Text is a bit smaller than Live Transcribe but very very accurate too.

I’m so happy I can do the equivalent of “Google Live Transcribe” on all my machines, not just Android only.

For Apple iPhone: Search “Otter” on App Store
For Apple iPad: Search “Otter” on App Store
For Microsoft Surface: Open “https://otter.ai” in Internet Explorer and login; real time captions inside web browser
For Windows Laptop: Open “https://otter.ai” in any web browser; real time captions inside web browser.
For Android, Search “Live Transcribe” in Google Play. But “Otter” is also available too.

Otter will recognize speakers if you assign speakers names. It can also stream captions to a different location too (much like StreamText.net) if you put your iPhone/Android near the speakers, and you’re at the opposite end of a long table, you can view the captions on a 2nd phone or tablet! (One device “listens”, other device shows “captions” in realtime) — Otter does this, Google Live Transcribe cannot.

But Google Live Transcribe has bigger text and recognizes sounds (e.g. water, clapping, etc).

Having both apps is useful!
I can join real time conversations in person, using any device.

Just make sure your device has a good microphone, and background noise not too loud.

It can also caption a phone call in real time tool, just put your cellphone into speakerphone & use a 2nd device (laptop, iPad, iPhone, Android) to caption the phone call. So it works well when you talk to good speakers in quiet environment (e.g. talking to your parents), it’s just a “2nd device needed”.

So I can skip relay operators when I talk to some family members or my spouse; it’s good enough now and Otter can actually caption 3x faster than a relay operator for my spouse on the other end of the phone! The relay operator is better for noisy environments and foreign speakers but the Otter outperforms relay operators for clear telephone speakers, captioning at >300wpm in realtime sometimes for very fast speakers. But you need a good Internet connection, because it streams audio to a cloud supercomputer to put captions back in real time on your phone. Only about 2 seconds delay (or so), which is sometimes less than the delay of a relay operator.

Just make sure the microphone is working well on the device, and it’s a good microphone. For example the microphone in newer iPads and newer Galaxy Tab is much better than the old iPad 2.

But the great thing, you can use any device now, even a 10-year-old laptop or a very old phone

It’s amazing I can now do it on any machine now.
 
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