Mubaloo relaunches Talk Assist app

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London-based digital development agency, Mubaloo, which is part of IPG Mediabrands’ Reprise Network, has relaunched its Talk Assist app, which helps people with speech disorders. 

The app, which was first launched in 2012, utilises iOS’ Text-to-Speech engine and helps people with speech disorders communicate with others.

The Talk Assist app was one of Mubaloo’s first ever app creations, and is a true reflection of the company’s value and mission: ‘Making People’s Lives Better through Great Digital Products and Experiences.’ 

Since its conception, the app has been developed by the agency as part of a charitable project. 

Mubaloo said it is a big believer that tech can be used for good, and that this app has materialised this. 

According to user research, the app was mainly used by non-verbal autistic children and their families, and they knew how much this app meant for them and the impact it has on their lives, the company said.

Alternative speech aid

The app is an alternative speech aid that provides a voice for people who cannot speak for themselves. Using Text-to-Speech technology, anything users type in will be spoken out loud for others to hear. 

Phrases can be saved to a history file, and favourite phrases can be bookmarked for regular use.

Since the original launch, Mubaloo has been in constant contact with users, who had been using the app for years, in order to gain insight into how this app was a part of their daily lives, and how it could be improved. 

Listening to the feedback and recommendations on how the app could help users even further, and to adapt to technological advancements, Mubaloo has worked to totally rebuild Talk Assist, and it has now undergone a complete UX/UI makeover.

Updates to Talk Assist include adding a sense of personalisation for each user, redesigning the app to make it easier to use and navigate, and adding an option to change the speed of the speaking voice. 

It also now includes a library for different genders, and a folder system for favourite saved phrases.

“Talk Assist is at the core of what we stand for at Mubaloo”, said Gemma Coles, Head of Mubaloo. 

“It is an app that we have developed to improve people’s lives; enabling people with speech difficulties to maintain a connection with their loved ones. 

“We had no idea how important it would become to people, young and old, and we needed to adapt it to keep up with evolving technology and our user’s needs. 

“The app is now totally re-designed and has come on leaps and bounds since it was first launched. I am so proud of our team for their work on this and excited to see how the app could be developed further in the future.”

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