DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 19, 2012


— Could deaf people see sounds?

Could deaf people see sounds? The Korea Advanced Institute
of Science and Technology built a special eyeglasses; the lens
flash when there are sounds. The “bulbs inside the lens are
thin wire strings. DeafDigest wonders if repeated flashing
will bother the deaf person wearing that eyeglasses?


— Amara helping Netflix with captions?

We all know that Netflix is slow to caption their videos.
It was learned that Amara, a captioning company, is
captioning some of Netflix’s uncaptioned videos.
Both companies are not talking anything too much
about it, except to say it is an experiment. Just
wait and see. Remember Netflix is involved in a lawsuit.


— Future TV sets to understand ASL?

No more remote with future TV sets? Well, engineers
from Aberdeen University in Scotland are working
on sign language commands to tell the TV to change
channels! Not just that, these sign language
commands could turn on room lights. Lab experiments
have been successful and soon there will be
field tests in some homes in Scotland to see if
it works everyday in real life.


— Deaf police officers in Mexico

In Oaxaca, Mexico (population 270,000), there are deaf
police officers. Their only job is to watch 230 TV security
cameras 24 hours a day. Why the deaf? The city officials felt
the deaf can lipread what criminals are saying on TV and that
they read body language better than hearing police officers.
None of these deaf police officers, however, walk the streets,
carry their guns and arrest the criminals. But they are certified
Police Officers the same as with hearing police officers.


— A computer that can lipread!

A team of researchers at Manipal International University
in Malaysia is building a computer that can read lips.
They say this project is getting better. The computer watches
face expressions – happiness, sadness, fear, anger, disgust,
surprise and neutral looks. The computer also watches upper
and lower lips. Does DeafDigest believe it? No! But these
Malaysian researchers say it is being done.



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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 12, 2012

— eBay laughs at ADA!

A deaf person wanted to register as eBay seller. EBay
requires voice telephone to verify identity, and would
not accept relay calls. The deaf person sued, but the
judge agreed with eBay. Why? When ADA was written up
in the early nineties, there was nothing that covers
the internet!


— a Hearing Aid dress

A college student invented the Hearing Aid dress.
It has several microphones that vibrate either soft
or hard depending on the sound. Will deaf women buy
that dress? Good question especially if it is not


— a prank that may help a deaf school

Taylor Swink is a famous singer. In an internet
contest, a school getting the most votes will get
a free singing performance. As a joke, several
hearing people nominated the Horace Mann School
for the Deaf in Massachusetts. They thought Taylor
will be singing for nothing because the deaf
can’t hear. While the vote ends September 23rd,
the school is hoping to win. There are some deaf
children that love to hear songs.


— a non-captioned public service announcement gets FCC angry

During a recent wildfire, a TV station showed a public
service announcement from the American Lung Association.
It told people to stay home, use air conditioner and
avoid exercising outdoors. This announcement was not
captioned! As a result, that TV station was fined $20,000.


— A British cruise ship kicks out a deaf couple

A deaf couple was not allowed on a cruise ship unless
a hearing person came with them and slept in their
cabin. It didn’t matter that the deaf couple were
experienced travelers. The angry hearing son used
the Twitter, the Facebook and a local TV station to
tell the public about it. The cruise operator changed
his mind and welcomed the deaf couple. In case of
emergencies a hostess will be with the deaf couple.
England does not have rules about cruises for the deaf.


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