ASL by Cell Phone

Researchers at the University of Washington developed software allowing users to talk to each other using ASL over cell phones. The researchers have succeeded in making project a reality. They’ve received a grant from National Science Foundation that will allow them to conduct a 20-person field project in Seattle next year according to ScienceDaily.
Many deaf people have expressed excitement with the project. They feel ASL cell phone communication works faster than text messaging plus it does a better job of letting users show their emotions. I guess smilies have their limits.
It’s great to see such an advancement and I know the Deaf community will eagerly follow the programs in hopes of getting their hands on MobileASL. Meanwhile, oralists like me won’t be able to do much with it. Lips are much smaller than hands on a cell phone screen. Besides, lipreading people on television doesn’t come easy. So it certainly won’t be better on a tiny screen.
See the phones in action in the video below. Cool stuff.

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    • Elizabeth Radcliffe on August 25, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Hello Where did you get Moblie ASL from? I would like to see it for myself.
    Thank you!
    Eliz from KS

    • Meryl on August 25, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    I don’t have one — just reporting on it.

    • Kathryn M. on August 25, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Where do you go to purchase Mobile ASL? I am in CANADA. Is it available in CANADA? If so, how much does it cost? Somebody please tell me. Thank you.

    • Meryl on August 25, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    It is not available yet — it’s in the research and development stage. Go to http://mobileasl.cs.washington.edu/ for firsthand information.

    • Merritt on August 26, 2008 at 12:35 am

    Deaf people have been using this method in Europe much earlier, so it is not new….

    • Meryl on August 26, 2008 at 6:34 am

    Merritt, you’re right — Europeans have had it for a while. Mobile networks are more advanced in Europe and Asia than in the US where we lag behind. Our networks are too slow for video, which is why U of Wash is experimenting.

    • pegg on August 27, 2008 at 2:34 am

    i want that one and buy asap and let me know when it ready i am intersting to buy it. thank you

    • clifford combs on September 5, 2008 at 11:40 am

    I WOULD LIKE TO BUY ONE ALSO ONE FOR MY WIFE TOO SO PLS LET ME KNOW HOW MUCH IT COST OKAY MANY THANKS FOR SHOW IT TO ME ON MY COMPUTER I AM SURE INTEREST IT CLIFFORD

    • patricia grossman on September 5, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    i want that one and buy asap and let me know when it ready i am intersting to buy also my deaf sister too thank you

    • Nicole fidler on September 5, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    I would like to buy mobile phone one for my cousin it very intserting love it let me know when be ready thanks Nicole

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