Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Visual Sound cellphone will convert voice to text for deaf people

From ubergizmo.com:

Suhyun Kim has a special place in her heart for deaf people as well as the hearing impaired, and hopes that they will be able to find technology as enjoyable as we do.

Her concept of the Visual Sound cellphone is pretty plausible as current technology would enable such a device, but we're still not too sure on its accuracy since the Visual Sound will convert voice input to text and vice versa. A couple of pillars that scroll sideways can expose the roll-out display, making it easy to stash away when you're done.

In order to communicate, all you need to do is feed text onto the touchscreen display and it will be converted to voice simulation for the person on the other end of the line, and vice versa. Guess communicating this way is the last resort, as holding a video call via 3G using American Sign Language (ASL) might be the more efficient method.