A Dutch IT-company developed an innovative technology which enables people who severely stutter and other patients with speech and voice disorders to speak freely and make their lives easier. The technology has been developed on the fact that when stuttering people whisper, they stutter up to 85% less. On the basis of this principle, the company developed an advanced speech technology which is based on artificial intelligence (AI). The technology converts whisper speech in such a way that a person’s natural voice comes forward without any noticeable delay.
The unique technology is by far superior compared to the commonly used technologies in terms of natural voices and speed.
On the basis of this technology as well as on de compiled data a first application has been developed for a mobile phone. Making phone calls is in the top-3 most feared speaking situations for 88% of stuttering people. Other applications are about to be further developed and designed.
About 1% of the global population is stuttering, of which 5% of them are heavy stutterers. This group (370.000 in Europe and 165.000 in the US) is the initial target group of the company.
Extensive research on this group of heavy stutterers has shown that severe stuttering directly impacts on:
• Social isolation
• Reduced self-esteem
• Unemployment and/or reduced self-development
• Psychological problems and depression
• Substantial higher suicide rates
It is therefore without any doubt that an intelligent, rapid and easy speech solution would be of immense help to these severe stutterers. This has been confirmed by a first encounter of the technology and its application with the target group. As a first result a huge amount of positive reactions emerged on social media and have been collected since. It is for that reason that the company feels the urge to scale up its design and commercials activities.
Today, the company is involved in a large range of grants & social funds. The applications are rather easily granted since its innovative and superior technology, its business resonates very well and because of its high appeal and societal impact.
Nevertheless, the company seeks additional funding in order to scale up its activities and is looking for a financial partner. A financial agreement is foreseen.