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 →


Youtube Captioning

(Contributed by: Ransom Q.) Technology:  YouTube Captioning First activated: September 19, 2006 [2] Inventors: Ken Harrenstien (deaf) and Google Team [1] How does it work? The original model used a text file with text and time stamps to show when the text should appear and disappear. Over the years there have been many improvements from... 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: Jacob R. and Emily R.) What is the technology? UNI [2] Who were the contributors? The UNI was created by the company MotionSavvy INC. This company was founded entirely by deaf students from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). The primary mission of the company... Continue Reading →


(Contributed by: Leah C.,Ryan H., Kristina M., Gretchen P.) Technology:​ Ava When: ​November ​2016 [1] Inventor/Company: ​Ava is a team made up of diverse hearing and Deaf individuals located around the world, consisting of the three founders: Thibault Duchemin Pieter Doevendans Skinner Cheng Where: ​The app was developed at the University of California at Berkeley... Continue Reading →

SafeAwake Fire Alarm Aid

(Contributed by: Alexandra R.) Technology: SafeAwake Fire Alarm Aid with bed shaker Inventor: Harris Communications How it works: This fire alarm aid system is composed of a transmitter which connects the device to a smoke detector, a set of white flashing lights, a vibrating device, and a sound emitter which emits a high-decibel, low-frequency alarm.... 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 →

NOAA Weather Radio

(Contributed by Frank M.) Technology: NOAA Weather Radio When: SAME protocol (2000)[1] Inventor: Several companies produce specifically package weather radios for the Deaf and Hard of hearing. Although it was William Shaw who first invented the vibration alarm clock. How does it Work:  These weather radios are used to alert deaf and hard of hearing... 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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