Whoever said that Nintendo is just all about gaming? The company has a heart for knowledge as well, where they and Japanese telecom company NTT have teamed up to build a voice recognition project. This particular project will intend to ease the life of students who have hearing or other disabilities, making it harder for them to keep up in classrooms compared to their able-bodied peers. NHK reports that Nintendo and NTT’s efforts will undergo trials in Okinawa and Tottori Prefecture, where it will capture the instructor’s speech, convert what was said to text, and saved to the cloud while sending such text to various devices, the Nintendo DSi included. This enables students to read along instead of working on their lip synchronization skills, while having on hand an automatic record of lessons for future revision, now how about that? Of course, students with the DSi are still able to sneak in a round of Mario Kart or two in between lessons, but the benefits seem to outweigh the potential disciplinary cons, don’t you think so?

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