Emoji aren’t just fun stand-ins for words. They also come as saviours to people who find it hard to digest written/typed words. For instance, people with aphasia – a language disorder that impedes the ability to read, talk and write – can benefit incredibly from the use of emoji. Knowing this, smartphone maker Samsung has developed a dedicated chat app for the group. Engadget reports that the new ‘Wemogee’ translates written phrases into emoji bursts, in order to facilitate fluid conversations.
In fact, for neurotypical users, the app changes words into a series of emoji. So, “How are you?” becomes a smiley face, an “okay” hand gesture, and a question mark. The iOS and Android app will work as a blessing for those with aphasia. Such users can select emoji that convey what they’re trying to say. These will then get translated into words.