In situations where an audience is listening to one person speak for some time (the presenter), you can use Ava to caption in real-time what is said.
If you are in the audience though, your smartphone will be much further from the presenter than the few feet we typically recommend to have highly accurate captioning. Thus you'll need a different strategy than usual.

Here are some options:

  • If you know the presenter, it'll be easier to ask them before if they can download Ava. Right before the presentation starts, help them connect with you, and put their smartphone in a jacket pocket, close by, or use earbuds.
  • If you don't know the presenter, bring a Bluetooth clip-on microphone and connect it to your Ava smartphone. Right before the presentation starts, ask the presenter to wear it (lapel, ear), or put the mic as close as possible (e.g: on the podium).
  • If you're in a space which is equipped with speakers, and the presenter talks into an already existing microphone, read how to access captions at a venue.
  • If none of this is possible, we cannot guarantee accuracy with Ava, but you can try sitting at the first row and opening Ava. Don't forget that asking for accessibility is a reasonable request. If there's a listening tech accessibility system, you can use it with the Pocket Kit - read here.

Presenter with Ava in pocket (and earbuds)

Presenter with Bluetooth microphone

  • Bluetooth microphone (earpiece) is paired with student's Ava app
  • Student follows on the screen of his app, or on Ava Web

Presenter with Ava Event

Ava provides a plug-and-play solution, which allows you to broadcast the captions to anyone in your audience who wants to view them. All you do is to set up a device with Ava, which you connect to your audio mixing board, using a simple guitar cable (TRS) and an iRig (of the shelf hardware) to convert the signal to the device (phone/tablet).

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