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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Lip-Readable Phones
A European Union project named Synface has permitted to develop prototype phones for moderately hearing impaired people. In this article, CNN says that you need a laptop with a special speech recognition software.

When a user receives a call on his phone, he can see an animated head "speaking" the words being said over the telephone, which helps him to better understand the conversation. The project took more than three years for a total cost of about 1.4 million euros.

And with about 80 million people in the EU alone suffering from some kind of hearing impairment, this could be potentially a huge market, even if the technology is not currently commercially available. This overview contains more details, pictures and links about this project.
:: posted by Roland Piquepaille, 8:30 AM Comments (0)
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