The use of Artificial Intelligence is now going to help the deaf and hard of hearing people understand presentations. Microsoft with the help of AI is adding subtitles and real-time captions to PowerPoint. The new feature will help presenters better communicate their messages to the audience. The transcription of the presentation will be provided in real-time on PowerPoint slides as subtitles or captions.
The new feature was launched on the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Microsoft not only has introduced a subtitle feature for its PowerPoint but also has introduced a similar feature for Skype calls as well. The subtitles feature is part of Microsoft’s AI work through which the company has been providing captions and translations to audiences.
Live captions and subtitles will be available in more than 12 different languages with onscreen display in more than 60 different languages. According to Microsoft, the feature will be beneficial for those audiences that are hard of hearing or those that speak or hear a different language. The new tool will solve the language barrier problem for the presenters.
The PowerPoint will give audience members a chance to read what the presenter is saying. The speech of the presenter will be translated in real-time with the help of AI. The technology will provide accurate recognition of names and technology so that PowerPoint presentation can be easily understood. The size and position of captions and subtitles appearing in the presentation can also be adjusted.
This is another push from Microsoft in order to increase its accessibility towards those people who are differently abled. The company earlier this year launched its Build Conference through which work colleagues who speak different languages can participate in a conference call. Microsoft is relying heavily on AI to help improve its accessibility and has invested $25 million in the technology.