When Google released Live Transcribe this past February, it was a hugely important accessibility feature for people who are deaf or hard of hearing — and it still is. The feature automatically and pretty accurately transcribes the spoken word in near real time in up to 70 different languages.
Now, Google is expanding Live Transcribe with two new features. The first is important for extending it as an accessibility tool: “sound events.” In a month or so, the transcripts will be able to show text for things like “dog is barking or when someone is knocking on your door,” Google says. It will also have indicators for things like ringing phones, laughter, cars, or music. When one of those things happen, a little indicator will appear at the…
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