Right Hear, Right Now: 8 Terrific Tech Devices for the Deaf

April 17, 2012 in Technology
Web Urbanist has an article on technology designed to improve lives of deaf and hard of hearing people. Some of these designs may become part of our lives.

For an edgy look, there’s the Deafinite Style Hearing Aid, a hearing aid by German firm DesignAffairs Studio.  The earpiece looks like a hoop earring and is designed to used stretched earlobe piercings anchor the hearing aid.

The Aria bracelet from May Wilson is another fashion piece, with nubs on the inside to rub against a wrist and alert to ringing phone, baby monitor, doorbell, etc.

The Visual Sound is a unique phone by Suhyun Kim that lets a deaf or hard of hearing person type their conversation into the phone, which translates the text into speech.

Sony has been developing glasses that can receive the transmission of captions for a movie.

A portable sign language translator, Gestics, is the work of Luise Pescheck.  It can turn sign language into text via bands worn on the signer’s wrist to detect muscle movement. The device guesses the signs being formed and then transmits them to an iPhone– and in the future, possibly a projected screen.

The Helen Keller Watch by Andrea Seitner and Katharina Unger helps people who are both deaf and blind by providing the current time in raised dots on its surface.

A pair of glasses designed by Mads Hindhede use the Babelfisk concept to turn spoken words into speech bubbles that provide realtime captioning on the lenses of the glasses.

Google’s developers have developed The Texting Glove to sense the signs being formed by the wearer’s hand and translating them to text through an Android phone to use for communication with hearing people.

Thanks to Karen R and BH News