MobileASL: The First Mobile Phone For The Deaf, Hard-Of-Hearing

And it doesn't require users to wear a crazy-looking glove. MobileASL incorporates compressed video signals, increased image quality around the face and hands, and motion detection to make it a better option than other mobile video conferencing services.

The MobileASL software could potentially run on any device with a video camera situated on the same side as the screen (like the iPhone 4 or HTC Evo), but was tested on some imported European phones. Eleven participants tried out MobileASL, giving the experience positive reviews.

Texting and email are current options for long distance communication used by the deaf and hearing impaired, but MobileASL is nice because it allows users to chat face-to-face, eliminating text-based communication misunderstandings. It also uses 10 times less bandwidth than options like FaceTime, which helps maximise battery life under such heavy video use. [PhysOrg]

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