September 7, 2010

New UW innovation will assist the hearing impaired

By Aaron Hoard

This summer, UW researchers are field testing a new tool that can send American Sign Language over video phones. Unlike conventional video chat programs now in use, the new system will use an estimated 10 times less bandwidth. This may avoid the need for expensive plans and devices and may also allow the system to work in areas that don’t have ultrafast mobile broadband service.

To learn about some of the other innovations born and cultured at the UW, see http://www.washington.edu/discover/innovation/

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