There are some companies that exist merely for the basis of making a profit and then there are others that are seriously trying to do something that can realistically improve the lives of other people in a very practical sense. Cognixion is one of those. Their mission is to help people communicate more effectively, with specific emphasis on those individuals who have some type of physical or mental disability which makes effective communication difficult. That's definitely intriguing, especially in a world where so many companies exist merely for the purpose of adding to their own bank account. If you are also intrigued, you might want to know as much as possible about this dynamic company that is doing great things for people who might not otherwise be able to communicate with others. Here are 20 things about them that you might not have previously known. Chances are, you'll be inspired to learn even more after you get done reading.
1. Their system uses state-of-the-art technology to help people communicate
One of the most impressive things about the company is that their system uses state-of-the-art technology to help people communicate more effectively. As a matter of fact, the system is considered a speech generator, but it has proven itself to be far more effective than any system of its type that has ever been produced to date. That is precisely why the company has been in the news so much lately. It's also why so many people are turning to them to further their communication abilities in all types of situations.
2. It works with your iPhone or iPad
They have created a system that is easy to use on either your iPhone or iPad. As a matter of fact, the system really couldn't be any easier to use than it is. All you have to do is download the app and follow the instructions. From there, you have the opportunity to open an entire new world to yourself or to someone that you care about who has traditionally been bogged down by an inability to communicate effectively with other people.
3. It’s as simple as downloading an app
As previously mentioned, all you have to do is download the app. The rest is self-explanatory. When you stop and think about how many apps a person typically downloads into their phone or tablet on a regular basis, it's almost astonishing to believe that some of these apps can be as important as this particular one genuinely is. As a matter of fact, this is an app that allows you to do things that you might not be able to do without its assistance. That fact alone is enough to make most people give it a try, even those who have become skeptical about downloading virtually anything to their own devices.
4. You can use a few taps to stay engaged in an entire conversation
One of the things that makes their system truly special is that you can engage in an entire conversation by only using a few taps on your device. There are a few other speech-generating apps out there, but the overwhelming majority of them require you to practically jump through flaming hurdles in order to keep up with a conversation because you're tapping so fast that you're actually missing out on important points that other people are saying. By the same token, being forced to use so much input actually cuts down on your ability to communicate effectively because it severely limits the amount of time that you have to say anything of substance. As such, most people who use these systems find themselves in a situation where they're not really communicating all that effectively anyway. This system is different because you can literally stay engaged in a conversation and let your voice be heard with only a few simple taps on the screen . It makes it the only system of its type in existence.
5. Their system can be customized
They also allow their system to be customized so that you can reduce the amount of taps required on your device even further. If there's a certain phrase or something that you typically say, you can customize the app so that that phrase automatically shows up. That way, you don't have to sit and type something out letter by letter. By the same token, you can customize the system with various emojis in order to help better convey your feelings about a particular topic. This is a great option for individuals who often struggle to express themselves adequately.
6. It’s as easy to learn as tapping a few buttons
With a lot of speech generating apps, there is a huge learning curve. In fact, that learning curve can be so steep that a lot of people decide it simply isn't worth using before they ever learn how to use it effectively. That isn't the case here. You can learn how to use this system in just a matter of minutes and you can have full command of it in a day or two. Even if you typically struggle with learning new things, it's not likely to be a problem here. The same can be said for those who aren't exactly great with technology. The company has designed an app that's easy enough to use for everyone, even if you scarcely know how to turn your device on and off.
7. It’s one of the easiest speech-generating apps to use there is
Because it's one of the easiest speech-generating apps to use in existence, people are much more likely to engage in conversation while using it. No one is going to engage in conversation actively if they feel like it's so difficult to do so that it drains them of all their energy. In this particular case, being an active part of the conversation is just as easy as it is for anyone else who is sitting there speaking with relative ease.
8. Their system is intuitive
This is one of the things that truly makes this company special. The system they designed is intuitive, meaning that it actually learns and adapts as you use it. The more that you use it and interact with others, the more it learns what to expect from you and you alone. It's almost like you're working with someone that is guiding you through the communication process, someone who knows how you communicate most effectively.
9. It helps the user by generating a series of appropriate responses
It even helps people who are using it by self-generating a series of responses that might be appropriate for various conversations. This is a great option for those individuals who might not always know exactly how to respond in a given situation. That's because they can choose from a variety of different things that might help them respond more adequately. As the system learns more about you as an individual, it's also possible that those responses will allow you to express yourself as an individual as opposed to merely saying yes or no to a question that someone else is asking you.
10. The system can soon be interfaced with Alexa
It won't be long before individuals can also use the system with Alexa. The ability to interface the system with one of these devices could potentially be a game-changer for those who have trouble communicating. If you're one of those individuals who can communicate easily enough on your own, yet you struggle in a group setting, this can change all of that. By the same token, it allows you to communicate effectively with the Alexa device itself, even if you struggle with words due to a hearing disability or something similar. In short, it opens up your world so that you have all of the same advantages and opportunities as everyone else.
11. It can also be used for learning
Cognixion developed the system for everyday communication but it's also one of the best systems in existence for learning. As a matter of fact, a lot of teachers actually utilize it in their classroom because it tends to help their students learn how to communicate more effectively.
12. You can track your progress
If you want to use the system for learning, you can complete daily lessons in much the same way that you would use an app on your phone to learn how to speak a different language. You can even track your progress in the same way as you would with any other system of that type. That way, you have a record of how well you're doing as well as learning about certain areas where you need some improvement. It not only helps you build confidence, but it also gives you an idea of where you need to place your focus for the days ahead.
13. Their app can be downloaded for free
The company has also designed the app so that it can be downloaded for free. You don't have to pay some exorbitant fee in order to download the app, meaning that you have the opportunity to try it out without spending money in the process. If all you need is the basic system complete with their most basic functions, you can keep the app without paying a single dime for it.
14. There are paid options available as well
Of course, there are also paid options available as well, two of them to be exact. Both of them can be purchased directly through the free app that you downloaded to begin with. The first costs only $7.99 per month and allows you to have access to special features that simply aren't available through the basic app. If you really want to kick things up a notch and get all of the features available, there is a top-shelf option that is available through the app for $39.99 a month. Just to make sure that the features are worth the price, the company allows you to use it free for the first 30 days. If it's not for you, you can simply cancel that option and go back to either the free option or the paid option that is more economical.
15. The company has designed a brand new headset
Most recently, the company has designed a brand new headset that is designed to monitor the activity in the brain directly. That headset can be used in conjunction with the app they have developed to help individuals who would not otherwise be able to communicate, do exactly that.
16. They are placing their focus on helping people with serious disabilities
Thanks in large part to this new headset, the company is able to place their focus squarely on helping people with some of the most serious disabilities that preclude them from communicating effectively. If someone has a disability that is severe enough that it prevents them from looking at the app on their phone or tablet and tapping on the appropriate responses, the headset can actually monitor their brain wave activity through the fluid that surrounds a person's brain and then directly interface with the app through AI technology.
17. They have some of the most promising technology available
As such, this company has some of the most promising technology available when it comes to completely changing the way that people with severe disabilities communicate. For those individuals who can't speak or even read because of a problem with brain function or something similar, the technology developed by Cognixion promises to allow their voice to be heard, in some cases for the first time in their lives.
18. They’re doing it all with only a handful of employees
Surprisingly, the company has managed to do all of this with only a few employees. As of right now, they operate with roughly 15 to 50 employees. That's not a lot of people to do all of the work that they do. It just goes to show how dedicated this group of people really are and how much this mission means to them.
19. They are still in their infancy
You could arguably say that the company is still very much in their infancy, yet they have already managed to accomplish great things. It will be interesting to see where they are capable of going as technology continues to evolve. One thing is certain, they're likely to be at the front of the line as it does.
20. Nevertheless, they’ve raised almost $15 million in Fundraising
So far, the company has raised just shy of $15 million for their efforts. That may not sound like a lot, but it's important to remember that they only have roughly seven investors and they've been in business for a relatively short amount of time. It only stands to reason that they will be able to raise a great deal more money in the future.
Written by Allen Lee
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