The voice recognition systems have become popular. I put "Alexa" at my
bedside and every night I ask her by voice what time to wake me up the
When I first experienced voice recognition, I was surprised and
delighted, as if a fairy tale had come true. Still, I didn't ask silly
questions like "Who is the most beautiful woman in the world?"
The latest AI analyzes not only human voices but also various sounds.
AI has made sounds visible to people with hearing impaired.
JR East launched the test operation at Ueno Station, a commuter hub in
I also use Ueno station for my commute. So, I saw what it is really
AI analyzes sounds like approaching trains or public announcements.
These are then transcribed on a display above the platform, just like
Onomatobe in comic books. It is very easy to understand and enjoyable.
Very impressive and once you see it, you will never forget it.
The product name is called “Ekimatopeia”. The system was developed by
major Japanese electronics company Fujitsu, based on propositions from
students at a public school for the deaf.
Please see this article, you can see the actual images. The second video
is the English version. There, the students are happily discussing "The
Future of the Daily commute" with the developers.
Sound visibility will continue to advance and make our lives even more
convenient in the future. I am looking forward to seeing and hearing it.
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