Interact-AS, by Auditory Sciences, is software that allows for face-to-face communication using voice recognition technology. Software may be installed on a PC or a pre-configured hardware system may be purchased. Interact-AS provides immediate closed captions for speech, and will speak type-written or handwritten input. With optional language modules, Interact-AS can also instantly translate conversations to and from over 30 languages. The system will provide transcripts and a synched audio recording, and is advertized as faster than CART. It comes in different editions for different needs and price tags.
Interact-AS was purchased for use by an employee who is deaf at the defense firm Rockwell Collins last year (see "Jane Gay's Back Door" above). About her first Interact experiences, the employee reported to Gay "It was great being part of the team meeting and to be able to ask questions," also that "co-workers have started asking to have breaks or meals with me." Her supervisor was equally enthusiastic, "You should have seen her smile and everyone else's faces when Interact spoke for her at that first meeting. This has given her a voice at work that we all can hear loud and clear."
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