Mobile Phone: Visual Sound. The voice change to text.

When I am surfing net, I found Yanko Design website. His website collect the information about product design, mostly. I read his post about the Visual Sound is for the hearing impaired. Pratt student, Suhyun Kim who do her project research about what the deaf people to do with used the technology mobile phone.

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Visual Sound is a mobile phone for the hearing impaired that converts voice input to text and text input to voice. The design features two handy pillars that scroll sideways to expose the roll-out display. To communicate, the impaired person feeds in the text onto the touchscreen display, which gets converted to voice simulation for the person on the other end of the phone and vice versa.

I think it is good to design this mobile phone, but it take a lot of time to input the text and converting it to sound. They need to carry it in bag? I wonder it can be scroll to close? :P As deaf, I prefer to bring small mobile phone so easily when I go to anywhere. Nowadays, the hearing impaired prefer to use 3G than use text messaging because they want to use the sign language in their daily.

Image Credit: Su
Designer: Suhyun Kim

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Anonymous said…
I have been waiting this for years ! Really need visual sound, where can I buy one ? Does it yet already ? When will it be ready to sell ? This is really what I need . I am 33 years old hard of hearing but don not know sign language. Need to phone a lot
Selina Wing said…
This is the design practice for the project only. It is not real... The designer do research about how deaf and hard of hearing can use phone only. Maybe this designer is a student take design on the final project. :)

I suggest that you can use iPhone 4 because it is good to face the deaf with the sign language. If you don't know the sign language, you can use blackberry or nokia. :)