Mobile phone for the deaf in the works

by Gareth Mankoo

There’s word from the University of Washington that a mobile phone for the deaf is in the works, in fact, it’s already being put to tests by the scientists there. The phone will involve transmission of American Sign Language (ASL) via video. It seems that the device will make use of 30kbps video transmission and will save battery consumption with the help of motion detecting algorithms. It seems that MobileASL will make communication easier and a lot faster as compared to text services that we’re using now and hey, there’s video as well so you can as well see your contacts.

All of this surely comes into open arms of those who haven’t been able to reap the benefits of mobile telephony because of impairments.

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