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App Translates Lectures Into Text


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Researchers at the University at Buffalo have developed Lecture Buddy, a smartphone application that translates lectures into text using a continuous speech recognition program. Users can enter keywords to look for in the text, such as "important," "remember," or any word of choice. After Lecture Buddy is done translating, it highlights the sentence or paragraph containing the designated keywords. The app lets users see what sections of the lecture are most important and contain specific words to help with studying.

Although the app works well in a silent room, it may misinterpret some lectures in especially crowded or noisy halls. The app is meant for people who may have problems paying attention, and could be an especially useful tool for those with developmental disorders.

University at Buffalo computer science major Arthur De Araujo submitted Lecture Buddy into the SPARK Mobile App Contest, a challenge to create an app that can help support individuals with autism spectrum disorder.

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