Overview

Rhema is a Google Glass based intelligent interface to help people in public speaking. It can provide live feedback on the speaker's volume and speaking rate during the actual speech delivery. We researched with different strategies to convey the volume and speaking rate to the speakers. This website hosts a copy of Rhema that can be freely downloaded.

Rhema consists of two main pieces of software: the server and the client. The two pieces of software runs in two different hardware and connect between them using a WiFi network. The server is designed to run on a Windows computer. The client works on Google Glass. However, it can be tested in any android platform as long as there is WiFi connectivity. Our software is currently in Alpha stage so it might break too quickly. Please leave your comments if you need help installing the software.

Download and Installation

Installing the Server

The server program will run on a Windows machine. Please download this compressed zip file and extract in a suitable location. Now run soundGrabber.exe with administrator privilege. If your firewall asks for any permission, please allow all the permissions by checking the corresponding check-boxes. The program will prompt the IP address (XXX.XXX.X.XXX) of the system as follows:
Waiting for connection in 192.168.0.102 (Port: 9090)

This IP address has to be set up with the client app. This is described below in the section titled "Setting up IP address".

Installing the Clients

The client apps are distributed as .apk files. Please check out these instructions on how to install the apk files. Please follow the second option in that page (Installing Applications With Android SDK). 

This apk will show the feedback on volume and speed using two line plots. A video prototype of this feedback scheme is shown below:

Shows the volume and speaking rate using two bars. Please note, in the main app, speed is represented using a horizontal bar rather than a vertical one.

It uses a 2D plot to show volume and speaking rate.

Words Feedback Scheme
It provides feedback using two words.
This app is used to calibrate the app to suit the loudness level of a particular person.

Setting up IP address

To establish connection between the client and the server please take the following steps:

  1. Make sure the client and server hardware is connected to the same wifi network.
  2. If you have not done already, install the android SDK.
  3. We'll use Android Debug Bridge (ADB) to put the IP address of the server computer in the android device.
  4. Connect your android device with your computer using a usb cable
  5. Open command window, navigate to <AndroidSDK>\platform-tools\adb.exe and apply the following command: 
    adb devices
  6. If you see a device number similar to the one shown below, your adb could correctly identify your device.
    List of devices attached
    04e409bf209e0733        device
  7. If you see a blank list, you need to install the OEM usb driver from Google and also you need to make sure that USB Debugging is enabled in your device. On Glass, go to Settings > Device Info > Turn on debug to enable adb.
  8. Now open notepad and write the IP address. Save the file using the following name: ipaddress.txt
  9. Navigate to where ipaddress.txt is located. Apply the following command:
    adb push ipaddress.txt /sdcard/ROCHCIStorage
  10. This will enable the client apps to communicate with the server program