Voxo

70 million people in the world can't hear.

That's 70 million people who go through life, missing 20% of their senses. That's 70 million people who can't "pick up the phone", who can't "leave a message", who can't even call their loved ones to make sure they're safe.

Voxo aims to press unmute on life. With just a screen and keyboard, the hearing-impaired can finally place calls, allowing them the ease of typing while giving their loved ones the convenience of communication through the way they know best: talking.

Voxo also has a solution to a potentially life-threatening problem in today's telephone-centric society. IVRs ("interactive voice response") are the automated voice calls that everybody knows and hates. We all know the routine: putting the phone on your ear, waiting for the robotic voice to pick up and give you instructions, take the phone off your ear, dial a number, put the phone back, and repeat the cycle. For us, it's frustrating, but the fact that almost all doctors' offices use IVRs to connect patients to doctors combined with the fact that the hearing-impaired simply cannot use IVRs makes doctors much more difficult to reach, especially during a medical emergency.

Thankfully, Voxo can interact with these automated voice calls by offering a dialpad in the interface and spitting menu options into the chat logs, making interacting with IVRs not only possible for the hearing-impaired, but also much easier than the ways we have now.

Voxo achieves all of this through the use of Node.JS, Twilio's REST API, Google's Speech API, and 36 hours worth of ingenuity. The features are limited now, but with more time, more funding, and more work, Voxo can truly change the world, one call at a time.

https://github.com/ruiqimao/voxo

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