Cochlear Implant Nucleus

(Contributed by: Jayshaud P.) Technology: Cochlear Implant Nucleus When was it invented:  1979 Who invented? A medical device group, Nucleus, becomes interested in the potential of Professor Graeme Clark’s work. Manufacturing Company: Cochlear Limited Where: Australia What is it? The Cochlear Limited company created the  electronic medical device designed for deaf people. Cochlear implants help those... Continue Reading →



(Contributed by Eilif M.) Compendium: Smartwatches When was it invented? Modern smartwatches emerged as a fitness tracker called the Nike FuelBand in 2012.  Other key players in the development in the smartwatch include the startup Pebble along with technology giant Apple with the Apple Watch in 2015.  [2] Who Invented it?  No one person invented... Continue Reading →

Captioning on Glass (CoG)

(Contributed by: Rachael A.) Technology:  Captioning on Glass (CoG) (For Android, Syncs with Google Glass) Invented by: Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology When it was invented: September 2014 What it does: the hearing individual speaks into the phone with the opened COG app.  The captioning is sent (for free) to the wearer’s google glass. ... Continue Reading →

FM Systems

(Contributed by: Nick S.) Technology: FM system (radio based hearing aid) When it was invented:  1991 [3]. Inventor: Andrew James Jamieson Hall [3]. How it works: The FM system uses the transmission of sound over radio waves through the use of a microphone and either ear level receivers, neck loop receivers, or a body- worn... Continue Reading →

Phonak Roger Pen

(Contributed by Nao S.) Technology: Phonak Roger Pen When: N/A Inventor: Phonak How it works: The pen is an all-inclusive wireless microphone which picks up sound and sends it directly to the user’s receiver.  The product is mainly advertised for its discreetness and its ability to detect speech in noise over distance. The pen also... Continue Reading →

Mobile VRS

(Contributed by Joan B.) About Migrating from videophones, sign language users can now use their mobile devices such as laptops, tablets, and phones to make VRS calls. An article that was reprinted on the Sorenson VRS website[4] states that “it is now possible to have access to Video Relay Services (VRS) no matter where you... Continue Reading →


(Contributed to by: Taylor C.,  Zach J., Maria M.) Technology: Sidekick Invented By: 3 former Apple employees: Andy Rubin, Matt Hershenson, Joe Britt  [2,7] Invented When: End of 2000 [4] Significance: This was the first phone that had the processing power to run mobile internet supported applications, which meant AIM and other messaging apps, even... Continue Reading →


(Contributed by: Katherine C.) Technology: Vibering When: 2008 Inventor: Kwang-seok Jeong, Min-hee Kim and Hyun-joong Kim Who does it serve: It serves those who are hard of hearing mostly, but can serve all those in the Deaf commuinty How it works: The Vibering was invented to alert a Deaf individual to sounds that hearing people... Continue Reading →

Braille Communicator

(Contributed by: Michael C.) Technology: Braille Communicator Invented: NA Started use around early 2000 Inventors/Vendors: These devices have been produces by a variety of companies including Lagarde [1], HIMS [3], AbleData [4], HumanWare [5], and many more. Purpose of Technology: A Braille Communicator is a device designed to aid Deaf-Blind individuals communicate with “see-ing” people.... Continue Reading →

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