Apple is training Siri to better recognize people with disabilities and atypical speech. The company is making one more gesture to be able to make technology accessible for everyone.
Siri will recognize people with atypical speech better
According to Apple’s post, the company has built a database containing 28,000 audio files ready to train the assistant. This data has been collected from podcasts involving people with some kind of speech impediment.
Officials told that this process will allow Siri to recognize the requests more accurately. Plus, the Hold button of Siri allows us to make a long request or gives us the ability to pause the recording to avoid a certain silent moment or have a break.
Apple is making moves to improve accessibility
This feature was implemented in 2015, it really facilitates the use of the assistant in certain situations and shows the company’s special interest in facilitating access to devices and services to all users equally.
The company will publish the Siri improvement plan procedures in a research paper in a few days and will detail the processes that the company is carrying out to improve the assistant. It is clear that in terms of accessibility Apple prioritizes equal access for all users to their products and services.