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Cart is stands for Communication Access Real-time Translation.  It is a speech-to-text interpreting service for anyone who needs communication access, for any audience, for having a record of proceedings, and quite simply a CART reporter is an interpreter for the deaf or hearing impaired. The software allows online shopping customers to accumulate a list of items for purchase, described metaphorically as placing items in the shopping cart or “add to cart.” Upon checkout, the software typically calculates a total for the order, including shipping and handling  charges and the associated taxes, as applicable. Shopping cart also bridge the gap between shopping and buying.

How does it work

The provider receives an audio feed.  Using a steno machine and cutting-edge software, CART providers “write” on their steno machine using phonetic shorthand that they have gone to school to learn.  The phonetic shorthand is then translated against the CART provider’s dictionary.  The software finds the associated word in the dictionary with the phonetic shorthand stroke written on the steno machine, translating instantaneously into English. CART providers can be certified to type up to 260 words per minute with 98% accuracy and above.

There are many ways to view the streaming text provided by the CART provider.  If the CART provider is onsite with the consumer, the real-time text can be viewed on a laptop.  The text can be projected onto a screen as well.  Another display option is an LED board, which can display up to three lines of text and is supported by a large tripod.  The streaming text can also be viewed on many smart phones or on the web.  The CART provider will provide the consumer an email with a link to view the streaming text.  There are many programs that can be used, but the consumer requires no special software to view the text.