Useful Apps

Apps on your smart phone or tablet can help to make every day life easier. Here are some that you can have a look at. We would love to hear if you try them out, let us know what you think.

a white simplified picture of a plane on a turquoise coloured square background, the logo of the Rogervoice app 

Rogervoice  

This is a speech-to-text phone calling service which delivers subtitles for voice calls in real-time.

The service is free between people who both have the app. If you call people who don't have the app, a subscription is necessary. So encourage your friends and family to download it.

One of the most appealing features of this app is that it can be used to call anyone, regardless of whether the person on the receiving end of the call has the app installed on their phone. Once the call is connected, the person on the receiving end of the call is given an audio prompt that the call is being transcribed. After that, everything the recipient says is transcribed in real-time and displayed on the user’s cellphone. Simply put, everything the person you call says, shows up on your phone as text.

If you'd rather not talk, you can also type what you want to say and the app converts is to speech for the person you have called to hear.

As with all voice recognition technology, the accuracy is generally good but not perfect. Most errors are usually obvious enough to prompt follow-up questions for clarification.

It is easy to get started and very user friendly. Simply download the app from:

Android: Google Play

Apple: App Store

There are basic, but useful, features included, such as an option to enlarge the size of the displayed text, another to mute the microphone, and you can also retrieve individual transcriptions of conversations by selecting the appropriate name under the list of contacts.

You can find more information on the Rogervoice website.

Features:

  • Supports over 80 languages 
  • You can speak to the other person on the call, or write your message, which will be read aloud to the other person by a vocal synthesiser 
  • It can also transcribe voicemails 
  • The app doesn’t support calls to emergency services or premium-rate numbers.

You need a high-bandwith connection (Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G or 5G)