Scientists make strides in phones for hearing impaired

09/5/2008 | ScientificAmerican.com

Researchers have developed video data-compression software that could enable people with hearing impairments to use cell phones via sign language. Scientists at the University of Washington said they had freed up bandwidth by squeezing twice as much video-encoded data into the software and hope to persuade carriers to offer the MobileASL service after it becomes available online, probably within six months.

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