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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