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Deaf man helps to create app for the hearing impaired

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2017-01-24 16:08

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BeWarned helps the users to detect dangerous sounds, communicate with people, make calls in case of emergency and dance to their favorite music.

 "I love driving, but I often notice how drivers stop by my car and frown at me. Whenever they are saying something to me, I usually feel helpless: I find it difficult to explain to them that I am deaf and that I hadn't heard their cars honking or any other sounds around me", the co-founder explained.

Vitaliy is deaf since he was two years old. It was always very hard for him to communicate. So he decided to study computer science, in order to help himself and others on the same situation.

“Being hard of hearing, the communication barrier is the biggest problem I have to deal with in my life. It is not merely my problem but also that of the whole deaf and hard of hearing community. That is why my primary goal is to eliminate it and make communication easier. So, I joined BeWarned to make it happen”, Vitaliy observed.

Now he is the co-founder of the BeWarned startup, and he is responsible for developing a bot for the deaf, a unique sound recognition engine as well as numerous other essential features of the app.

In a nutshell, the app has the following features:
• 1. Sound Monitor detects sounds of possible danger in real-time. Should a dangerous situation arise, our feature informs the user about it with the help of flashing lights and vibration signals. With Sound Monitor, you will always feel safe and will never have to worry about the lives of your loved ones ever again.
• 2. Connect helps the deaf and hard of hearing to communicate with society they live in. Users can chat to each other via special dialog and create unlimited number of templates to reach someone really fast.
• 3. Dance will let users enjoy their favorite tracks that are converted into vibration signals or flashing lights and feel the rhythm of the track with the help of a visual equalizer on the screen of user's smartphone.
• 4. Emergency Call is useful in any instance where user needs to inform his friends about an emergency situation he is in at the moment.

The app is free and is available for iOS and Android.

Adapted from: http://bit.ly/2jahYNH

More info: http://getbewarned.com/
https://youtu.be/vpgKjyBgAUs

This solution shall not include mention to the use of drugs, chemicals or biologicals (including food); invasive devices; offensive, commercial or inherently dangerous content. This solution was not medically validated. Proceed with caution! If you have any doubts, please consult with a health professional.

About the author

Vitaliy Potapchuk, from Ukraine, is deaf and co-created BeWarned, in 2013, an app to help deaf and hearing impaired people do their daily activities.

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