Thursday, August 19, 2010

Sign Language using a cell phone!

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed MobileASL to enable video of American Sign Language to be sent between cell phones. While this videoconferencing feature is available on some phones now, like the iPhone 4 using FaceTime, it requires LOTS of bandwidth.

This tool will provide video compression to allow the images to be transferred via any wireless carrier, while reducing the need for bandwidth. This is very important as more and more wireless carriers drop their unlimited data plans, instead charging customers for the amount of information they download. The researchers are hoping to be able to implement this tool into any cell phone that has a camera on the same side as the screen.

Check out the video below to see the system in action.

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