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Summer 2014 No.25
Speech-Recognition Training Kit App Aids Hearing-Impaired Kids
Hearing-impaired children are now benefiting from a speech-recognition training kit app, developed by Prof Albert Wong, Prof Tim Woo and research assistant Kobe Lam, Electronic and Computer Engineering. Their "Auditory and Speech Training App" revolutionizes existing paper-based auditory training tools, thanks to Android-based mobile technologies. The app recently received a Gold Award from the Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme 2014, co-organized by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) and the Equal Opportunities Commission.
The app facilitates convenient home training and provides better support to parents and teachers. A child’s performance can be sent to therapists to evaluate the learning process, and the parents and children can also share their improvement through social media networks. 
This project was sponsored by OGCIO through a one-off scheme on digital inclusion mobile applications, and developed in collaboration with the Hong Kong Society for the Deaf. The app is free for download in Google Play (keyword: 精靈小耳朵).