Deaf People Use Video Mobiles to Chat

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Iohana Georgescu reports that US researchers are attempting to make it possible to send video compressed live pictures of people signing (e.g., using American Sign Language) across low bandwidth networks.

“To do all this calculation and video compression runs down your battery pretty fast,” said University of Washington computer scientist Richard Ladner, one of the principal investigators on the project.

The recently developed system works across networks with a bandwidth of 10-12 kb per second. It looks like the video compression tool works well enough for the research team to talk with handset makers and operators to put it on phones.

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Robert Heiny
Robert W. Heiny, Ph.D. is a retired professor, social scientist, and business partner with previous academic appointments as a public school classroom teacher, senior faculty, or senior research member, and administrator. Appointments included at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Peabody College and the Kennedy Center now of Vanderbilt University; and Brandeis University. Dr. Heiny also served as Director of the Montana Center on Disabilities. His peer reviewed contributions to education include publication in [I]The Encyclopedia of Education [/I](1971), and in professional journals and conferences. He served s an expert reviewer of proposals to USOE, and on a team that wrote plans for 12 state-wide and multistate special education and preschools programs. He currently writes user guides for educators and learners as well as columns for [I]TuxReports[/I].com.