New Delhi: We profile two startups: one using augmented reality (AR) and the other using voice recognition to provide solutions.

Scanta: AR app

AR-based startup Scanta Inc. aims at disrupting the way people live, learn and communicate by combining AR with machine learning (ML) technology to create immersive experiences. Unlike virtual reality, which creates a totally artificial environment, AR uses the existing environment and overlays new information on top of it.

“We are seeing a trend from text communication transitioning to voice-based communication, however, there has yet to be an immersive visual representation of voice commands that expresses emotion," says Chaitanya Hiremath, founder and CEO of Scanta.

“By combining ML with AR, we want to provide users an experience where ML technology can learn to select and analyse key words within voice commands and then generate a 3D animated avatar accordingly that can be shared with others. These intelligent 3D animations will make voice conversation much more interactive and engaging while still being an efficient way to communicate," he added.

In the future, Scanta is looking at intelligent 3D animations for communications and plans to partner with mobile devices and social media services by integrating intellectual property directly onto partner platforms providing their users direct access to these animations.

“It is exciting to think of a world where animations can automatically be created by ML through voice commands," says Hiremath.

Vokal: Betting on voice

Vokal India is a voice-based vernacular knowledge sharing platform. Started by Aprameya Radhakrishna and Mayank Bidawatka, the startup is betting big on the use of voice as a medium to ask questions in regional languages.

“Only 10% of India understands English. The rest speak 100+ Indian languages. Vokal tries to bridge and fix this knowledge gap. It enables a user to ask questions in their native language and gets subject matter experts to respond to users, largely over audio and video—making it very easy to consume," says Radhakrishna who is also the CEO.

Vokal has more than 1.5 million Q&As on the platform. Users get to choose from more than 10 interest areas and can follow creators for sub-sections in those areas. “Vokal is a product made for India, keeping in mind India’s behavioural nuances," says Radhakrishna.

The platform has two million monthly users and is growing at 30-50% on a monthly basis. While it has enabled knowledge sharing in audio and video till now, it will soon be available in text for those who prefer reading over listening or watching.

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