Terrified of public speaking? A mobile application can help you with that

Image capture of video by Orai via YouTube

Do you get anxious when you think about getting on a stage? Do you have trouble getting through a speech without stuttering? Well, now there’s an app for that.

Public speaking isn’t easy. It’s actually a problem that affects roughly 74 percent of people.

Two engineering college students from Drexel University have created an app called Orai – and it’s designed to help people improve their public speaking. By listening to recordings of your speech, Orai uses machine learning to give feedback to the user.

The app is free to download for Android and iOS.

So how do Orai works? Simple.

Download on the App store. Open Orai. Tap record. Voila! The application instantly provides insights and actionable feedback on speech clarity, filler words, pace and vocal energy.

The application was developed because one of the app’s creators, 22-year-old mechanical engineering student, Danish Dhamani, suffered from speech anxiety. Dhamani was born in Pakistan before moving to the United States, and he was self-conscious about speaking in front of his class. That’s when he got the idea to create Orai.

According to NBC, since Dhamani and his friend Paritosh Gupta first started pitching Orai during business competitions, they have been awarded over $40,000 in prize money – which has gone towards the app’s financing.

“Orai is not just a business for us. It’s our passion,” says Dhamani. “Orai has helped us become better at public speaking, and we want it to help other people, too.”

Source :

Orai, Wired, YouTube, NBC