Webcam Interpreters for Australian Deaf

Webcam Interpreters for Australian Deaf
technology
Claudia Cukrov
  • 21 november 2008

A new form of communication for deaf Australians is being developed which uses webcams and video phones to provide live access to interpreters.  The Multi-Media Response Service allows deaf users to make phone calls by signing in to their webcam or video phone, using interpreters to relay signed communications.  Previous text-based forms of communication such as telephone typewriters, email, SMS and chat rooms permit information exchange, but are often a slow process and fail to recognize emotion.  Tony Bennetts from the Australian Communication Exchange explains:

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