The internet has changed the world in a lot of ways. Technology has helped internet n a big way by making it very user-friendly. In the early days of the computer it was not easy to communicate with the machines but soon companies developed the method to use the English language for communication with the computer. Thanks to the makers of web browsers who made it very easy to access the internet.
From last few years, big companies are continuously working to get the computers to understand what we speak. Google has voice assistant, Apple has Siri and Amazon with Alexa have made voice recognition possible, but one Indian startup seems to have beaten these big giants in this field the lead.
Liv.ai, a Bangalore based startup has developed a system that can recognize and translate 10 major Indian languages from voice to text. This startup was founded by 3 IIT Kharagpur pass outs who wanted make something usable as well as enjoyable.
Liv.ai aims at providing a voice to a billion people using speech recognition technology. Currently, they provide speech to text translation in 10 languages namely English, Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam. Speech and AI have a huge opportunity in a country like India where people speak so many different languages.
Liv.ai has launched the English and Hindi Speech to text APIs last year and the regional language APIs this year. The company is very positive about their growth as they can contribute in several growing industries such as e-commerce, speech analytics, robotics, consumer apps in the coming future.
The main difficulties the company is facing to make this technology cost-friendly and adaptable with different hardware.