US Pat. No. 10,992,793

TELEPHONE SYSTEM FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED

Eugenious Enterprises, LL...

1. A computing system operated by a first person, the computing system comprising:a processor;
a microphone that is operably coupled to the processor; and
memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform acts comprising:
receiving, by way of a network connection between the computing system and a second computing system operated by a second person, a voice signal that encodes a spoken utterance of the second person, wherein the spoken utterance is a portion of a real-time communication session between the first person and the second person;
immediately in response to receiving the voice signal, transmitting the voice signal to a server computing device, wherein the server computing device executes an automatic speech recognition (ASR) system, wherein the ASR system generates a transcription of the spoken utterance upon receipt of the voice signal;
in response to receiving the voice signal, buffering the voice signal in the memory of the computing system;
receiving, from the server computing device, the transcription;
immediately upon receiving the transcription from the server computing device:
directing the buffered voice signal to a speaker such that the speaker audibly outputs the spoken utterance to the first person;
causing the transcription to be presented on a display such that the spoken utterance is presented on the display to the first person simultaneously with the speaker audibly outputting the spoken utterance to the first person or prior to the speaker audibly outputting the spoken utterance to the first person; and
causing a second voice signal to be transmitted to the second computing system, wherein the second voice signal is based upon a second spoken utterance set forth by the first person, wherein the second spoken utterance is captured by the microphone, wherein the computing system fails to transmit the second voice signal to the server computing device.