AV1 debuts live captioning tech at Events Uncovered

The new technology aims to boost accessibility in events.

Technical production provider AV1 has launched a new live captioning technology, dubbed Scribble, designed to boost inclusiveness at events.

The event industry got its first look at the product last week, at Spice’s annual boutique trade show, Events Uncovered.

Powered by Boxer Analytics, the AI-powered technology provides captions in real time, which attendees can read on screen or on their smartphones.

AV1 managing director Keith Wootton said until now, live captioning has only been delivered manually by people, not technology.

“By removing the resource constraints of this manual labour, cost and complexity, with Scribble we’re able to put this technology within reach for every attendee, every presenter, and every event,” he said.

Industry debut

Scribble was well-received by attendees and speakers in the Spice Temple of Knowledge on 2 July.

“We engaged AV1 to provide Scribble for the speaker sessions at Events Uncovered 2019 and were hugely impressed,” said Spice editor Brittney Levinson.

“We’re proud to be the first industry event to adopt the technology, enabling us to provide an inclusive event experience for all attendees.”

Scribble in action during one of the speaker panels

First developed to assist school children with deafness or partial hearing loss, the technology is now being rolled out across the event industry.

In conferences and events, the technology will assist the some 20 per cent of Australians who have learning challenges and the nearly 21 per cent of Australians with English as their second language.

AV1, a Certified B Corporation, launched the product during B Corp Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness of B Corporations, which are for-profit companies that use the power of business to build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.

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