In our everyday chatting, many of us use emoji more or less to express ourselves. Once mocked as a meaningless novelty, emoji has become the short form language of choice amongst many. The reason is pretty simple; it’s easier to express your thoughts and emotions using pictures rather than words. So, Samsung thought to use those emojis to help people who struggle with written words, such as those with aphasia. The company’s Italy-based subsidiary has developed an app named Wemogee, which translates written words into emojis, enabling fluid conversation for those who have a language disorder.
For those who aren’t aware, aphasia is a neurological disorder that impedes someone’s ability to read, write and talk. Mostly caused by strokes, it can also result from neurodegenerative diseases or brain tumors.
Managing day-to-day conversation with emoji
Wemogee app comes with two modes, visual and textual. Once it is up and running, users can choose between these two modes. The app changes words into a series of emojis and vice versa. The user can send an emoji-based message if the visual mode is on, and the receiver will get it either as a text message or emoji sequence based on which mode is on. With more than 140 phrases, this app can cover day-to-day conversations.
Reducing the communication gap
Wemogee could be used as a perfect way to bridge the communication gap between those with aphasia and those without it. More than 200,000 people in Italy suffer from aphasia and this app can help them communicate with others. Albeit Samsung focuses on re-establishing communication between the person with aphasia and the one without, it can also be used for face-to-face conversation between two people with this disorder.
Wemogee is currently available in Google Play Store with messages in English and Italian. An iOS and Samsung Galaxy App version will be available soon.