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SIX REMOTE SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETING PLATFORMS AND ZOOM continued
displays several icons, including the mute
function and virtual booth controls to
work in pairs remotely (i.e., the multistage handover function).
The triangle icon at the top of the left
control panel (a slow-down reminder
for the presenter) is a new function. The
icon at the bottom (independent volume
control) can be used to adjust the relative
volume of the incoming sound and
your partner's outgoing audio channel,
which makes it possible to listen to both
the floor and your partner. Below the
presenter's video feed is the booth chat,
which can be used by both interpreters
and moderators.
Figure 5 VoiceBoxer interface for event participants

Technical Support: In terms of technical
support, response time varies (sometimes
the same day, or you might have to wait
several days). I did note that the contact
email address was hard to spot because
it appears in small print at the bottom
right corner.

Figure 6: VoiceBoxer interface for interpreters
Participant Interface: As shown in Figure
5 above, the interface for participants
has two windows on the right. The larger
window in the center is reserved for
the speaker slides uploaded in advance.
The window in the upper right displays
the video of the speaker. Below the
video window there's a chat channel for
participants. Participants can choose their
language in the field on the bottom right
(either the one spoken on the floor or the
interpreted version). The vertical panel
on the left displays icons for hand raising,
the list of presenters and attendees,
screen sharing, and camera settings. A
very helpful feature is that the text in
the slides is translated according to the
language selected by the participant. This
means that attendees are able to listen to
the language of their preference and see
the slides in the same language. All the
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Handover: An interesting feature of this
platform is that there is no microphone
button. By default, one of the interpreters
has their microphone on when the event
starts. To handover the microphone, the
active interpreter sends out the request
and the passive interpreter confirms their
readiness to take over. Once this is done, the
active interpreter finishes their interpreting
segment and switches off the microphone.

messages in the chat can also be translated
automatically by clicking on the option
" to translate. "
Interpreter Interface: The interface for
interpreters shown in Figure 6 above
contains two video channels. Just like
the interface for participants, the larger
space in the center is reserved for the
presentation slides and the video window
displaying the speaker is on the right. A
selection of incoming and outgoing audio
channels is located at the bottom, with
two default channels for each type of
audio. On the left is the main incoming
channel for the source language used
on the floor (in blue) followed by the IT
(for relay) channel in the white box. On
the right we have the outgoing (target)
languages: English (white) and French
(red). The vertical panel on the left

Onboarding Process: The onboarding
process consists of completing the
registration form on the website. It should
be noted that demo sessions and trainings
for interpreters are currently provided not
by VoiceBoxer itself but by its partners.
Technical Requirements:
■	

High-speed internet connection

■	

Professional headset

■	

Google Chrome

Mobile App: There's no mobile
application for interpreters.

INTERACTIO
https://interactio.io
Interactio is both an event and RSI
platform. Like KUDO, Interactio supports
screen sharing, document uploading,
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