“Could you please take a (secret) note?” – an example for the usage of the COMPRISE ecosystem –

Not just yet another note taking app

Note taking apps are very useful in many situations. They can be used as a creative backlog for the user’s job, as a to-do list for household tasks or maybe as a shopping list. There are as many options as the number of apps one can download. Some apps are more popular than others. These include Evernote, OneNote or Apple Notes[1]. So, why do we need another note taking app?

Evernote for example collects several types of data (access, usage, device, etc.) and links them with the user[2]. Apples Notes uses the iCloud storage service which is hosted on Apple’s data centers[3] and OneNote in Microsoft Office 365 also uses a cloud service from Microsoft[4]. As a result, the user doesn’t know exactly where his/her data is and what exactly it is used for. COMPRISE Notes is different.


My personal notes

COMPRISE Notes is an app for your personal notes. You can create, dictate or delete no

tes by typing or by voice. COMPRISE Notes transcribes your voice into text which you can easily read and edit afterwards if needed. For a better organization of your notes, you have the possibility to cluster them into categories, also by typing or by voice.

COMPRISE Notes is private-by-design. Some notes may not be as private as others — this depends on the user and the context. Some users don’t want anyone to know what they like to eat, while others don’t care. But all users agree that, if they dictate their debit card number, no one should access it. Generally speaking, more privacy doesn’t hurt. That’s why COMPRISE Notes considers all notes as private. Any typed text is only stored on the device on which the app has been installed. Also, voice is processed on the device or on a Personal Server at the user’s home and it is deleted after processing. Subject to user consent, only anonymized data is uploaded to the Cloud and used for the sole purpose of boosting transcription accuracy and experience for all users. Of course, users can withdraw their consent or request deletion of the uploaded data at any time.

COMPRISE Notes is also multilingual. Thanks to the COMPRISE SDK, it is able to understand several languages. In the first prototype, German and English are supported. But the option to integr

ate more languages is available. This is especially beneficial for users who speak a less common language. Once it has been integrated, users can benefit from the full functionality of COMPRISE Notes in their native language.

The development of COMPRISE Notes is still in progress. The first prototype shown above is planned to be released by the end of 2020.


And for developers

If you are developer and want to add those features to your Notes app (or any other app), then we have good news for you: you can do it! With the COMPRISE SDK, you can upload your own app into the COMPRISE App Wizard and integrate the libraries which provide the desired COMPRISE features.  COMPRISE Notes for example includes Speech-To-Text to transcribe the user’s voice, Spoken Language Understanding to understand his/her intent, and Text-To-Speech to generate a voice response. Privacy-Driven Speech Transformation and Privacy-Driven Text Transformation are always required for speech and text anonymization.

If you wish to get more information about the COMPRISE SDK, you can read this blogpost. Alternatively, you go directly to our git repository where you can find more information about the COMPRISE App Wizard. There are also step-by-step instructions showing you how to integrate your app into the COMPRISE ecosystem and gaining access to all voice-based components. Detailed explanations of these components and how they can enhance your apps can be found here.


Have fun trying it out!


[1] https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205773

[2] https://evernote.com/intl/en/privacy/policy

[3] https://www.icloud.com/notes

[4] https://www.microsoft.com/en/microsoft-365/onenote/digital-note-taking-app?ms.url=onenotecom&rtc=1

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