Download Ava. Launch the app and tap "Set up your Ava account", to create your Ava account with a phone number.
1. Try short, face-to-face interactions with your phone + a friend
Do you have a hearing friend (or family member, or co-worker?) you're close with? Start by testing the Ava app with them. You just need your smartphone to caption what they say.
🔵 Tap the microphone icon to turn it blue: this means that Ava can caption what the person says near your smartphone. Tap the microphone again if you want to stop captioning the words.
📲 Hold the phone near your friend with the microphone on.
Try to keep the phone within 12 inches or less from their mouth. While talking near the phone, Ava can hear their voice and transcribe.
👀 Reading lips + looking at Ava, or reading completely? Most users read lips directly, and look at Ava when there is something they missed. You can also follow everything on the screen (especially when there are many people).
🔄 Rotate your phone and ask to speak slower if there are errors. Ava is quite accurate, but not perfect yet. If you think the accuracy is not high enough: try to bring the phone closer to the speaker, turn the phone (since the microphone is usually on the bottom of the phone), or try to ask your friend to speak a little more slowly.
⌨️ You can reply by typing back. Simply open the keyboard and type away. The text will automatically appear and if you'd like you can use Text To Speech to voice it out.
👍 Does it work well? This is how Ava is used for quick face-to-face conversations.
2. Inviting your friends to Ava for longer conversations.
For conversations that last longer, it is recommended that others download the Ava application on their phone: they can speak into their phones, and you can see what they say on the screen of your phone without moving the phone back and forth .
To invite your friends, you can:
- Ask them to download Ava on the iOS App Store or Google Play Store, and ask them to join your Ava Name (the one that starts with "&" ).
- Tap the QR code button at the top right and show them the QR code. If they have the iPhone camera turned on or a QR scan application on Android, they can scan your code instantly, download Ava and join the app effortlessly.
- Tap on the "Share" icon. This will send a pre-written invitation message, with a link to download Ava and join you immediately. The message can be sent by SMS, email or other social apps.
🙈 Not sure about asking your friend to install the app? Consider using Ava with a Bluetooth microphone: they are easy to hand over to a friend, to make sure Ava can hear them. Once they are familiar with Ava, you can ask them to download the app.
💺 You both sit facing each other? Our advice is to place your phone on the table right in front of the other person. If you have problems to read the captions this way, ask them to install Ava, or buy and connect a Bluetooth microphone to hand out. If you type to reply, you can consider using this Bluetooth keyboard.
3. Good practices for a successful in person Ava conversation.
- Ask people to speak loud and clear. Articulation is key! A good first impression is everything. When showing Ava to someone else, make it clear that they should speak loud and clear for a higher accuracy of the transcript.
- Ask them to say complete sentences. Ava will make fewer mistakes when you say full natural sentences. If an error appears, ask the speaker to repeat the complete sentence. This is also a good time to show them how to discard words.
4. Try it with people you don't know that well
The true value of Ava is to understand people who are not so close. After exploring the app with your closest ones, you should try it with a stranger. Here are some tips!
- When you press 'Start Captioning', the first screen shows a visual of what to do. This can help people to better understand what is expected from them.
- If someone does not understand your voice well, use Ava Speak to be heard.
- Here is a suggested way to tell someone new about Ava: "Hi, my name is [name] I am [deaf / hard of hearing]." This is a real-time transcription application called Ava. When you speak into my phone, it's easier for me to understand what you are saying."
- Try talking to at least 5 new people with Ava, to see the true power of the app. Here are examples of situations in which you can use Ava in your day-to-day life.
You are now an expert in face-to-face conversations with Ava!
Next step, learn about group conversations .
Hopefully this helps to answer your questions ;)