Hearing people often take for granted things that are unnavigable by deaf and hard-of-hearing people. Most deaf people are unable to speak vocally; the majority of hearing people don’t know sign language; covid-19 and wearing masks makes it impossible to read lips; and drive thrus rely solely on hearing and speaking.
What it does
Speak is a mobile app that connects deaf and hard-of-hearing people with hearing volunteers who provide voice assistance through a phone call and chat.
How we built it
We used React Native for front-end with the Expo framework and the Google Cloud Firebase to keep track of users.
Challenges we ran into
- Connecting volunteers and users based on a queue system
- Managing the chat and phone call system
- Showing different options for volunteers
- Login rather than sign up for returning users
- Creating a voice to text function
Accomplishments that we're proud of
- Ability to connect users through phone call and chat.
What we learned
- Mobile development is challenging since new technologies are constantly being added.
- Having a clear goal is important in developing a product.
- Communication is key, especially when remote.
What's next for Speak
- Voice recognition software for greater usability and increased communication for users.
- Building a global community.