Friday, April 15, 2005

Virtual Voices

Image: A wearable captioning system developed at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) relies on mobile wireless technology to allow people who are deaf or hard of hearing to receive information that is being presented audibly to the general public in a variety of public venues. Georgia Tech Photo: Gary Meek

The system, which relies on mobile wireless technology, will allow users to easily receive information that is being presented audibly to the general public in a variety of public venues, such as movie theaters, museums, playhouses, schools, government meetings, sports arenas, transit stations and places of worship. Because the system can transmit multiple text streams, it may also be used for language translation; its software is internationally compatible. Also, the system could transmit optional information that a hearing patron might want, such as statistics at a sporting event.

"The venue must generate the captions for patrons, but our system is an easy way to get captioning to patrons in a way they want - customized for each person," said GTRI project director Leanne West. "Right now, captioning is typically available only in movie theaters - and just a limited number of them - but this device gives us a way to deliver captioning at any venue."

Virtual Voices - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

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