Once derided as the silly novelty, the emojis have not only become popular and an integral part of the social media interactions, but are also being used a communication tool by many people.
People With Language Processing Disorder Can Use Emojis to Communicate
Samsung has recently launched an app, Wemogee which uses the ideograms which can help the people with “Aphasia”, a language processing disorder in which people find it very difficult to read, write or talk.
Created by the Samsung’s Italian Subsidiary, Samsung Electronics Italia in collaboration with the Francesca Polini, a speech therapist, the Wemogee simply replaces the text phrases with the combinations of emojis, and these can be used for face to face interactions as well as for the messaging purposes as an app.
Wemogee supports English and Italian, and has been made available from April 28th on Android. In iOS, it will be available with the upcoming release of the iOS version.
What Causes Aphasia – A Language Disorder?
Aphasia is caused when the regions of the brain responsible for the speaking and language comprehension are injured. One of the most causes behind this specific injury are strokes. But, Aphasia nay also be a result of the brain tumours, neurodegenerative diseases and traumatic brain injuries.
As per the National Aphasia Association, approximately 2 million Americans are suffering from this disorder, and every year, about 1, 80, 000 people develop it. Many people with Aphasia use picture boards, gesticulate or draw pictures to communicate. The Wemogee has been specifically designed to give these people a more versatile and faster alternative.
How Wemogee App is Useful to Aphasia Patients?
The Aphasia patients are able to understand the emojis because they depict the different emotions in multiple ways. The use of images, gestures, and facial expressions is one of the functions perfectly preserved in the understanding and most of the times, also in the production of language.
Though the detractors accentuate the fact that emojis “dumb down” the written communication, but, these symbols are very helpful for adding the nuances to the non-verbal communication. Another app even uses the emojis to help the children communicate about the abuse.
The developers of Wemogee claim that it is the first app of its kind which offers emoji-based chat application to help the people with the aphasia to communicate efficiently. The app offers two modes – textual and visual, and the emojis can be used to convey over 140 phrases which have been segregated into six categories.