Samsung has released an app for people living with aphasia, a disorder that causes the loss of language capabilities. Dubbed as Wemogee, the emoji-based chat app has been developed by Samsung by collaborating with a team of speech therapists.
Wemogee includes a library of more than 140 phrases related to basic needs and emotional expressions. The predefined phrases are translated into logical sequences of emojis and are divided into six main categories including: everyday life, eating and drinking, feelings, help, recreational activities, and anniversaries and celebrations. Users with aphasia can chose what they want to say from a list of visual options, and the app translates them into text for recipients without aphasia. The non-aphasic user will receive the message in text form and can then reply using pre-set textual phrases.
Samsung says more than 200,000 people in Italy have aphasia.
The Wemogee app for Android will be available for free download on Google Play beginning April 28 and supports English and Italian languages. It is coming to iOS soon.