An app developed for smartphones by a non-profit startup, BeWarned, helps those who are deaf and hard of hearing to detect dangerous sounds, communicate with people, make calls in case of emergency…and dance.
Based in the Ukraine, the BeWarned company was co-founded and created by Vitaliy Potapchuk, who is himself legally deaf. “We made an app that widens the perception of the world by the deaf and hard of hearing,” said Potapchuk in a recent news announcement.
The app was developed after large-scale beta-testing among residents of the US, where it received 88.9% positive reviews. The newly released BeWarned app has features that are based on recommendations and feedback from beta testers. As a result of that feedback, the BeWarned platform includes four features:
- Sound Monitor detects sounds of possible danger in real time. When the Sound Monitor detects an unsafe situation, it informs the user about it via flashing lights and vibration signals.
- Connect helps deaf and hard-of-hearing people communicate. Users can chat with each other via special dialog and create an unlimited number of phrase templates to communicate instantly with a person of interest.
- Emergency Call is useful whenever the user needs to inform their contacts about an emergency.
- Dance lets users feel the rhythm of music using vibration, flashing lights, and a visual equalizer on the screen of the smartphone. This feature allows the deaf and hard of hearing to “experience” the music and dance.
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