Rivet, the latest app from Google uses speech processing to help kids learn how to read
Rivet is one of the latest applications from Google in-house incubator which will help all the children learn how to read. This app hails from Area 120 which is a place for Google’s experimental projects. This experiment has more than 2000 books available for kids, which will help them learn. If a child is having any kind of problem with a word then they can simply tap on that word and hear the pronunciation. They can also pronounce the word out loud and the app will be showing the word. The app will also tell the children how much work they need.
This application also comes with translations in more than 25 languages so that it can help the child learn. Children can also use this application to read out stories to them so that the children can match up with all the words and sounds of different words. This option can also be disabled when they feel they don’t need it.
There are a lot of e-book reading apps available in the market now, but none of the apps are as interesting as Rivet. The voice technology and speech processing in this app are very advanced in nature. This app has started for all android devices and will soon be available for iOS phones. This application can help the kids in real-time by simply using the tap button on the screen.
If a child is facing any kind of issue, then the assistance will offer support. According to Rivet, all the data which is collected by the application is protected so that they can protect children’s privacy. After every page, the child can understand what are the words which they have pronounced correctly and what mistakes they have made. The app also has a reward system with the help of which they can simply reward the children with different badges and points so that the children stay interested in the application. There are other games and surprises available in the application for the kids.
According to the Tech and Product head of Rivet Ben, Turtle the team was really looking forward to work on reading because it is one of the most fundamental skills. Ben also said:
“Struggling readers are unlikely to catch up and four times less likely to graduate from high school. Unfortunately, 64% of fourth-grade students in the United States perform below the proficient level in reading.”
This is not the first app that Google has worked on that aims on tackling reading. There is another application called Bolo which does pretty much the same thing, but the main focus of the app is for Indian users. All the other apps in the incubator focus mainly on the Grasshopper. Rivet was at first in the beta trial, but now it is available in the application store. Android users can simply go to their Google Play store and download the app from there.