Sharat Musham, a young and energetic guy (alumnus of Osmania University) has been making waves in USA with a new communication tool to break the language and speech barrier. A handy application created by him has been showing great results among those who are speech impaired, language handicap as well as those with hearing impairment. His device has been a real challenge to a lot of present day translating software with its precision.
Sreerupa Patranobis on behalf of Kolkata 24X7 has interviewed this young technocrat Sharat Musham on his path breaking device and application.
Q: How did you get the idea of talk2all?
Sharat: The smartphone revolution started around 2005. The basic assumption is that the users can talk for communication; however, what is the user is unable to speak? With this question, Talk2All was born. We seriously lack in this aspect wherein we are not enabling the users with speech or hearing disabilities. Talk2All is one such attempt to level out the field and enable communication for all users so that the communication is no more a barrier and everyone is able to communicate with the friends & family, attend job interviews, make emergency calls, speak with the doctor etc.
Q: What kind of resources it needed to build the app?
Sharat: The primary aspect of designing the app is the architecture definition and understand how the users can be benefited by the application. After using several applications over the years and with the rapid improvement in the available technology, Talk2All was built from scratch with the latest technology available and with the intention of providing a platform for enabling communication and also breaking a language barrier.
Q: What are the potential uses of the app?
Sharat: 1. Users with speech difficulties such as excessive stuttering, patients who underwent surgery and cannot temporarily speak etc.
2. Users with speech impairment.
3. Multinational corporations connecting employees worldwide where either one is a non native speaker of a language.
4. Travellers to foreign nations where non – native languages are spoken.
5. International students who are still in the process of learning a new language.
6. Professors and teachers can connect with students across the world irrespective of the language spoken.
Q: Will you elaborate more on the utilities?
Sharat: It has the following advantages :
* Built-in algorithms/intelligence to pick the best and most accurate language translations for text and speech synthesis.
* Users with speech difficulties who have lost their speaking abilities including children, adults, veterans etc can use the synthesized voice to lend a voice during a voice call using the active speech synthesis.
*Free chat service provided to all Talk2All app users with language translation services.
* 64 language translations for text are supported so far and growing. Real time Text-To-Speech (TTS) translation during active voice call. 29 different dialects supported.Indian languages are being included.
* Adaptive algorithms allow user to change languare translations during use.Works on Wi-Fi, 3G/4G networks around the world with no known barriers.
Q: How do you think the app is going to affect the industry?
Sharat: Currently there are no apps that address the biggest concern – connecting the users worldwide and breaking the language barrier. Talk2All will shift the industry’s focus towards enablement and make them think of ways to connect user worldwide which Talk2All has addressed.
Q: What is my background?
Sharat: I was born and bought up in Hyderabad, a city in the southern part of India. Since my childhood, I have the knack of opening up household electronic items and repairing them if needed. Based out of this interest and the quest for deeper understanding of how the electronic equipment work, I later enrolled into the Bachelors degree with a specialization in the Electronics and Communication. Here, I was able to learn the internals of electronics and started building robots using discarded electronic components and learned how to program the micro controllers that work as the brain behind their operation.
Q: Where did I go to school?
Sharat: After my Bachelors degree, I came to the USA and enrolled into the Masters degree at The University of Texas at Dallas, with a specialization in Electrical Engineering and majoring in microelectronics. Over here, my emphasis was on defining the entire architecture for building a chip from the scratch, chip designing for speed and power, programming and testing of electronic circuits.
Q: Why did I move to USA?
Sharat: USA is at the forefront of R&D and The University of Texas at Dallas is one of the very few universities providing excellent programs in the field of electronics and working towards building better facilities for manufacturing the same.
Q: What kind of education did you do?
Sharat: Currently, I hold a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering with a major in Microelectronics. After graduation, I started working in the leading semiconductor companies in both USA and the Canada.At the workplace, I am in charge of the algorithm development and code development for efficient testing of the electronic devices manufactured for the phones and the server equipment. Some of the algorithms implemented were able to save several millions of USD to the company and won me accolades.
Q: What are your future plans?
Sharat: Currently, I would like to make Talk2All available to the users worldwide, enable the users and break the language barrier. In addition, I plan to expand Talk2All more with supporting R&D and convert the sign language to speech. The patents filed provide details on how this could be achieved.