Modern technology has emerged as a great enabler for a common man’s life. Recently, two female software engineers from Karachi, Pakistan, have developed an Urdu based speech-therapy app, Bolotech, designed to assist vocally disabled people in communication. The app has been designed to teach the differently able people various pronunciations for the Urdu language through imitation of facial expressions.
Given the name Bolotech, the app is said to be the first one developed for speech therapy in Urdu language. However, it hasn’t been released for the general public as it is still in its testing phase.
Achievements of Pakistani Developers
The IT sector of Pakistan has produced a number of astounding applications and games recently.
In January 2017, a developer from Lahore, Umer Majeed developed a weight loss program app called Nutright. The idea of developing this app came to Umer when he himself joined a weight loss program. While losing 120 pounds in 10 months, he thought of developing an app which will help people like him to do the same.
In October 2016, a medical app, Marham was developed by Ehsan Imam through which users can find any doctor related to the specific health condition of the patient. The motivation to develop such an app came to him when he himself went through a tragic incident in which his father wasn’t given the proper medical attention he needed, while he was having liver issues. Despite the fact that reports showed signs of internal bleeding, doctors said that he was totally fine to be discharged.
The government of Pakistan has also taken steps to provide facilities to the general public through the use of technology. On 4th January 2017, in collaboration with the Punjab Safe Cities Authority and the Punjab Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) the Women Safety app was released by Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s Special Monitoring Unit (SMU).
The application is integrated with a special button which provides access to three different security services; the PCSW helpline (1043), the SMU’s Women-on-Wheels campaign, and the police. This helps users to mark unsafe places. As soon as the button is pressed, the exact location of the user is sent to the Police Integrated Command, Control, and Communication (PPIC3) officials who then proceed with the rescue mission.