If there is anything I have learned, technology is limited in the deaf world.
Yesterday, a friend of mine was in a T-Mobile store, looking to replace her phone. Only to be disappointed with the high cost of replacing it. We walked over to Mobile Boost and got a Virgin phone instead.
What came up? The discussin of how we could expand technology beyond what we already have. Anywhere from texting while driving (automatically installed mainly for the purpose of using a GPS but have the capability to text as well).
More deaths occur from texting and driving because of two things: eyes are not on the road and thinking about the message instead of the road.
To text while driving, the keyboard would be installed in the stearing wheel, with a voice capacity for those who can speak and write out a message. The window would be installed in the dashboard in front of the driver but next to the speedometer. That way, the driver will still have the hands on the wheel and focusing on the road. There would be a warning sticker recommend to not to text while driving.
My 2nd idea came up today while receiving a phone call doing something else on my phone. But my implant battery is dead for the rest of the day, therefore I am unable to hear. Meanwhile, I get a pop up screen asking to answer, hang-up or send a message. I sent a message.
However, what if we had the ability to write out the message via text and have it voiced? Similar to ip-relay except it would be automaticlly from text messaging. Some people who are deaf, cannot speak. And come to think of it, perfect for 9-1-1 calls.
These are just some ideas requiring programming or maybe installation for convenience. Not just for the deaf but also for the hearing.
What does it mean for our future generation striving to keep up with the rest of the world?