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Project Euphonia: Google's Speech Recognition Project

Screenshot of Project Euphonia's speech samples webpage

In recent years, Google has released popular voice-activated technologies such as Google Home and Assistant to help people make phone calls, adjust lighting, etc. However, these useful tools may be difficult for people with speech impairments. That’s why Google has launched Project Euphonia, an ongoing research project designed to improve speech recognition among Google products.

How to participate

If you wish to participate in this project, start by filling out the Project Euphonia questionnaire. The Project Euphonia team will email you shortly after with more information and a link to start recording and submitting speech samples, which will then be analyzed by the research team. If you record the full set of 1500 speech samples, you will be emailed a $300 gift card! 

I have a speech impairment due to my disability, and am participating in Project Euphonia. It’s super easy! After making sure you are in a quiet room, click the “Get Started” link in the Project Euphonia email and click the microphone icon next to the sample you’re recording. Click the “stop” icon (in the same place as the microphone icon was) once you are finished recording the sample.

Samples include short sentences like “I didn’t really want one” or phrases like “please stop.” Recordings are saved automatically, and previously recorded samples are moved to the end, so you don’t have to scroll down to see new samples.

Conclusion

Proper speech recognition is a big part of Accessible360’s mission and vision of making the world more accessible and better for all. A360, which uses several Google Workspace applications such as Docs and Sheets, applauds Google for its dedication to speech recognition and other aspects of digital accessibility. Here’s a personal story of Project Euphonia’s impact.

What are you waiting for? Start recording today and help the world become better for all!

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