Nintendo is a very old company. It has been founded 1889 and since then it slowly developed into a video game company, becoming one of the most influential in the industry and Japan’s third most valuable company. So now, it seems like Nintendo is looking to evolve into a different direction. Apparently the gaming giant is looking to test out the waters of education.
Nintendo and Japanese telecom company NTT have decided to shake hands over a project in order to build a voice recognition technology. The two partners have righteous intentions, since the end product is aimed at helping students who are affected by hearing disabilities and can not function accordingly in class. They will be implementing the voice recognition technology into Nintendo’s DS.
The idea is that the student will be able to record what the teacher is saying in real time and store it in cloud, so he or she can later review it. When the student goes home and wants to reassess the material, the lesson is brought up on their DS as a virtual blackboard. Bottom line is, the technology transforms spoken words into text which constitutes crucial help for the students with hearing loss.
The trials for the new system will being in Tuttori Prefecture and Okinawa.