The Voice of Social Media Networks
iHearU is a smartphone app that connects users with their social networking using
only voice commands.
Available to License
Market Opportunity
Smartphone-based social networking is now an integral part of our everyday
lives. Yet smartphone communication is inherently distracting, and there are
many circumstances in which people can’t safely or conveniently see and touch
their phones. Despite the widespread need for such solutions, currently there are
no reliable speech interfaces to both control applications and send information
in a hands-free and eyes-free way. iHearU addresses this market need.
Technology Highlights
iHearU is a hands-free and eyes-free Android app that supports the reading and
publishing of Twitter posts and direct messages using only the voice. Using
state-of-the-art speech recognition and speech synthesis technology, iHearU
enables users to follow, interact with and participate in Twitter conversations
without the need to stop continually to read and type tweets. Users simply
record their message using their own voice and upload it using easily
memorable vocal commands.
A built-in sentiment analysis feature (currently in development) enables tweets
to be spoken in an appropriate style (e.g. happy, sad) by a text-to-speech system.
The app includes domain-adapted machine translation for translating nonEnglish content to English. It also offers personalised search and
recommendations on trends and the user’s favourite topics.
‘Learn More’ functionality enables the user to command iHearU to pull information
related to particular tweets from Twitter or other sources and to summarise it.
• Bringing Social Media to New Markets:
This simple voice-controlled app is
particularly suitable for visually impaired
users, mobility impaired users, and older
people struggling with technology.
• Social Media and Email on the Go: iHearU
enables users to stay connected to social
media while driving, walking, doing
housework, etc. It could also be applied
to email accounts.
• Decision Support: ‘Learn More’
functionality pulls supporting
information from structured and social
media sources to give you more informed
information on what’s happening on
social media.
To view a short demonstration of this
technology, see
IP Status
iHearU is available to license from the
ADAPT Centre for Digital Content
Technology. Contact our commercial team
for more information.
Commercialisation Contacts
Gabriel Hogan
[email protected]
+ 353 87 125 5080