App converts warning sounds into visual alerts

Five computer-science students at California State University Northridge won an annual coding contest by developing a free Android mobile-phone application that can translate noises such as sirens and crying babies into vibrations and flashing lights for individuals who are deaf. "Most people don't think about the needs of persons with disabilities when they're developing a product. I have to confess: I didn't before this competition," co-developer Matt Newbill said.

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