- The app is available on Google Play for Android users
- It will launch for iOS users soon
- It contains 140 phrases converted into emoji
You will find several apps in the App Store and Google Play Store which help users with special needs to use smartphones. Furthering to this effort, Samsung Electronics Italia and Francesca Polini, a speech therapist, has developed a new app “Wemogee” to help aphasia users. Using this app aphasia sufferers will be able to communicate with others in a quick and easy way by using emoji.
Wemogee will translate text to emoji and vice versa.
What is Aphasia?
Aphasia is a communication disorder i.e. inability to comprehend and formulate language. It results from brain damage whether it’s from stroke, brain tumors, brain injuries or neurodegenerative diseases. It does not affect person’s intelligence; they retain their cognitive abilities as they can “depict all aspects of emotion.”
How Wemogee helps Aphasia users?
There are two modes in this app visual and textual. There are more than 140 pre-set phrases under six categories which helps user with aphasia to communicate. The list contains most common phrases used in informal chats. The messages sent are translated into words for non-aphasic users and into emoji for aphasic users.
It is claimed that Wemogee is the first emoji-based chat application designed for aphasia patients to connect with others via emoji, used in our normal day to day life for conversation.
Users select from list of emoji phrases, and those on receiving end will see a response in text, as below image:
The app support English and Italian languages. There are 200,000 people in Italy and more than 2 million Americans affected from Aphasia. It is a smart idea as it helps to get rid of language nuance. Images are easily selected and they convey a clear message.
Wemogee is currently available for Android devices, and the iOS version and Samsung Galaxy app are both coming soon.