Gallaudet University and AppTek announce the public unveiling of GoVoBo at CES 2022


MCLEAN, Virginia and WASHINGTON, December 16, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Gallaudet University Technology Access Program (TAP) and AppTek, a global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) for automatic speech recognition (ASR), neural machine translation (NMT), language comprehension natural (NLU) and text-to -speech (TTS), today announced the public unveiling of the GoVoBo app to be held at the Consumer Electronics Show 2022 in Las Vegas (Booth # 60527, Venetian Expo). GoVoBo was created by and for deaf and hard of hearing users in response to community feedback regarding the lack of a user-centered automatic captioning tool that could provide full communication access.

Dr. Patrick Boudreault, Gallaudet Manager of Knowledge Translation, captured the foundation of this app by stating, “As members of deaf and hard of hearing communities with first-hand experience, we take their needs very seriously. Our goal is to provide innovative communication solutions for all deaf and hard of hearing lenses. The GoVoBo team is committed to continuously incorporating user feedback into the product. Dr. Christian Vogler, Director of Gallaudet Technology Access Program, adds: “Accessible communication for all is part of Gallaudet University DNA. We are delighted to see GoVoBo continue Gallaudet proud tradition of advancing access to communication. “

The GoVoBo app will give users the freedom to use any online meeting service without needing to configure closed captioning services for each meeting individually. GoVoBo automatically transcribes spoken content in real time, using the latest AI-based speech recognition technology integrated into a customizable, easy-to-use app. At the end of each session, users will have an editable and exportable transcript, so they can focus on meeting participants and the interaction, rather than looking away for notes. The live translation feature provided by AppTek’s Neural Network Machine Translation allows users to instantly translate their conversation and the conversations of foreign speakers, providing the ultimate freedom to communicate with the world.

Mudar Yaghi, Managing Director of AppTek, said, “We are honored to work with the team at Gallaudet and support their mission to build the gold standard of closed captioning and machine translation for deaf and hard of hearing users. Gallaudet has strong ties to the user community and a deep understanding of the scientific research behind conversational AI. AppTek will continue to innovate in concert with user demands and needs. “

Gallaudet and AppTek are used to working together to improve the informativeness of automatic captions for both live TV and meetings. AppTek is a leader in AI and deep learning for natural language processing, cognition and comprehension, and has strengths in research and development and collaboration to deliver more tailored solutions to customer segments. specific. Gallaudet brings decades of research into the accessibility, usability of communication technologies, and deaf and hard of hearing communities to the project. The collaboration between AppTek and Gallaudet through the application GoVoBo will continue to push the forefront of technology to meet the demands of users in the community.

For more information and the chance to claim one of the 200 free accounts for early adopters, visit us at CES 2022 at Las Vegas (Booth # 60527, Venetian Expo) on January 5, 2022.

GoVoBo was developed in part with support from the Consumer Technology Association Foundation and in part with a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (grant number NIDILRR 90RE5020). NIDILRR is a center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The content of the GoVoBo app does not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume federal government approval.

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Gallaudet University, federally chartered in 1864, is a bilingual, diverse and multicultural institution of higher education that ensures the intellectual and professional advancement of deaf and hard of hearing people through American Sign Language and English. The university welcomes more than 1,600 students in more than 40 undergraduate majors, as well as numerous graduate programs at the master’s and doctoral level. He also conducts research in a variety of disciplines including educational neuroscience, bilingual education, sign language linguistics, psychology, technology and accessibility, Deaf studies, and Black Deaf studies. For more information, please visit

AppTek is a global leader in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) technologies for Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), Neural Machine Translation (NMT), Natural Language Processing / Understanding (NLP / U ) and Text-to-Speech (TTS) technologies. The AppTek platform provides industry-leading real-time streaming and batch processing technology in the cloud or on-premises for organizations in a wide range of global markets such as media and entertainment, call centers , government, business, etc. Built by recognized scientists and research engineers among the best in the world, AppTek’s solutions cover a wide range of languages, dialects and channels. For more information, please visit

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