Josiah Cheslik, a UW junior and volunteer in the MobileASL field study, demonstrates using the phone to sign with Pete Michor, seen in the background, another participant in the study (Image: Mary Levin, UW)
The UW field test is using phones imported a couple of years ago from Europe, but MobileASL software could potentially run on any device (Image: Mary Levin, UW)
For obvious reasons, texting and email is a preferred method of communication for many deaf and hard of hearing mobile phone users. But as convenient as texting can be, it isn’t always the most reliable form of communication – messages can take a while to arrive and short messages can easily be misinterpreted. To address this problem University of Washington (UW) engineers are developing the first device able to transmit American Sign Language (ASL) over U.S. cellular networks.
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