I don’t speak English. Can I record phrases for Project Euphonia in my native language?
Not yet. We hope to roll out our research to more languages in the future, but, for now, participation is limited to speakers who can fluently read and speak English.
Can people of any age participate in this project?
Unfortunately, we cannot accept speech samples from anyone under the age of 18. However, we’ve heard incredibly strong stories highlighting how children and young adults would benefit from being a part of Project Euphonia, so we’re actively exploring how to open up our research to people of all ages.
Am I still eligible to participate if I don’t complete all of the recordings?
Yes. We welcome and appreciate whatever time you’re able to contribute toward our research.
What information other than my voice recordings do you need from me?
Please see our interest form. Most of it is optional, though we do require your email address (so we can contact you) and the country / state (US) where you reside (for legal reasons). Also, both details allow us to give you rewards for recording phrases.
Why do you need my email address?
We need to be able to contact you directly to troubleshoot any issues, and we use your email address to send you rewards. You can ask us to remove your email address from our records and disassociate your voice recordings from the name you provide in the sign-up flow.
Who can access my voice recordings?
Only Google employees and affiliates working on Project Euphonia will have access to your recordings. Your recordings will not be available to anyone else unless you give us explicit permission.
Can I access my voice recordings?
Yes, participants can request a copy of their own data by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow some time for verification and processing.
How long does it take to record the phrases?
Everyone is encouraged to go at their own pace, but we estimate that recording 300 phrases without any breaks may take between 30 to 90 minutes. However, you do not need to record these in one sitting. All phrases will be saved, and you can always pick up where you left off. You can take as much time as needed to complete recording the full phrase set.
When will speech recognition work better for me?
We understand that current speech recognition technology can be frustrating for some. Project Euphonia is in the early stages of a potentially long research timeline. We hope our research leads to product improvements that help your day-to-day life as soon as possible, but realistically this may still be a few years out.
What technology is needed to contribute speech samples?
- Internet connection
- A mobile phone OR laptop / desktop computer with a built-in or external microphone
Please watch this 4 minute video for tips on how to record phrases in ChitChat.
We carefully listen to the initial phrase set and provide feedback to participants on recordings as needed (e.g., “Please record in a quieter room”, or “Please place your phone closer to your mouth.”)
What kind of phrases will I be asked to record?
Our phrases are focused on specific use cases, such as when you are using an assistive tool like Google Home or Google Assistant, or having a conversation with a loved one. All the words are carefully selected to propel our research forward.
Can I see what the tool to record phrases looks like?
I’m having trouble accessing ChitChat to begin recording. What do I do?
I’m seeing an ‘Access Denied 400 Error’ when I click ‘Get Started’ in the welcome email. What’s this?
I have limited mobility, can I still participate?
Yes. If someone can help you navigate the interface of our recording tool, or if you have indirect access (e.g., via head mouse or eye gaze) to a computer with internet access, you can still participate. If you’re having trouble using ChitChat, please email us at email@example.com.
Will I be compensated for my time?
Participation in our research initiative is voluntary. However, we understand that these recordings take time and energy. Your recordings will be reviewed by a speech and language specialist. If, after review by these specialists, your recordings are deemed suitable for Euphonia research, you will receive a gift card valued at $60 USD (or local currency equivalent) for 300 phrases recorded. Examples of speech that are NOT suitable for Euphonia research include accented speech, and speech with no detectable impairment.
How is this related to voice or message banking?
Voice and Message banking are often performed when preparing to lose the ability to speak, either due to a progressive disease or pre-operatively—often before any speech impairment is present. In contrast, Project Euphonia is seeking speech samples of impaired speech.
Voice Banking, Message Banking, and Project Euphonia all require recording speech samples in as natural sounding speech as possible
Can I get a Text To Speech (TTS) model of my voice?
Just like our work on speech recognition, our work on voice recreation is very preliminary and not ready for external users yet. You can, however, try Acapela (or other providers) for voice banking, and/or store your own natural voice recordings ('message banking') with tools like mymessagebanking.com.
For members of the press
I’m a member of the press. Who do I reach out to?
We’d love to hear from you; press inquiries may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For speech professionals
Who is the ideal participant?
Any English-speaking adult (age 18 or older) who has trouble being understood due to impaired speech as a result of any condition can sign up and subsequently record speech samples.
What types of impaired speech are you looking for?
Current research participants include people who are living with ALS, multiple sclerosis (MS), Down syndrome, stroke, cerebral palsy (CP), Parkinson’s disease, multiple system atrophy (MSA), Huntington's disease, and voice disorders, among many other conditions.
Can the individuals I work with get a personalized model?
A very small set of trusted testers engage with specially-provisioned software and/or hardware in close collaboration with our team, helping us build, iteratively test, and improve personalized speech recognition models. In order to do this, they may receive prototype software and hardware to use. Because of the intensive engagement and time required from testers and team members, we intentionally keep our tester group small and only gradually onboard new testers.
Trusted testers are elected via referrals, and must have recorded at least 1000 phrases to be considered. If you'd like to refer an individual you are working with, please have them fill out our Further Research with Project Euphonia survey, and also let us know via email at email@example.com.
SLPs Engagement and Compensation
How can I get involved in Project Euphonia?
We are grateful for your interest! We have several SLPs on our team, but realize that broader collaboration amongst this critical community is key to the success of our project.
We’re currently scoping how we can best engage with you, optimally leveraging your experience and expertise while respecting your time. In the meantime, the best way you can help is to encourage the individuals you work with to learn about Euphonia and—if comfortable doing so—sign up to share speech samples to help accelerate our research. We also welcome feedback on this FAQ at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I stay in touch with Project Euphonia as it progresses?
Please fill out our SLP-focused survey if you haven’t done so already.
Will I be compensated for helping individuals I work with get involved with Project Euphonia?
We value the commitment you have made to Project Euphonia. Project Euphonia will be sending digital gift cards to SLPs, OTs, and other Accessibility Allies (e.g., Rehab Engineers, ATP, HHA, etc.) for their time spent assisting participants who share their speech. For every hour you assist a participant in recording for Project Euphonia, you will receive a $50 USD (or local currency equivalent) gift card. An annual limit of $550 applies. Once you have accumulated hours, fill out our SLP & Ally Form to let us know, and you will receive your gift card by email. Please note gift cards are limited to professionals not living in the same household as the participant. For our process for providing gifts to participants, see Rewards section above.
Join Project Euphonia SLP Office Hours, staffed by our very own Euphonia SLPs:
- Americas: Every Tuesday from 3:30-4pm EDT (USA) with Katie Seaver, MS, CCC-SLP or Marilyn Ladewig, MA, CCC-SLP. If you are interested in attending, please email email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org for the video conference invite.
- Europe: Every Tuesday from 3:30-4pm GMT (UK/Europe) with Richard Cave, SLT. If you are interested in attending, please email email@example.com for the video conference invite.
- Asia: Though we don't currently offer standing APAC-friendly office hours, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll be happy to arrange a meeting.