Hearing impaired and/or speech impaired individuals can experience difficulties in communicating with other people when utilizing voice transmission of wireless-communication devices, such as smartphones.
This publication describes techniques for aiding hearing impaired and/or speech impaired individuals in communicating during phone calls. The techniques include a translator application on a wireless-communication device that receives incoming voice signals, analyzes the voice signals, and generates a display (e.g., digital text, sign language) on the user interface (UI) of the wireless-communication device for the user’s visualization. Moreover, this publication describes techniques for aiding hearing impaired and/or speech impaired individuals, through use of a translator application on a wireless-communication device, to communicate with another individual utilizing voice transmissions. For instance, by providing an input (e.g., typing a message utilizing an input device connected to the wireless-communication device or expressing language via gestures (e.g., sign language) utilizing a video camera of the wireless-communication device) that is received by the translator application and converted to a voice signal that is then transmitted to the other individual. Additionally, the translator application can translate between different languages.
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Yao, Jian, "Voice Signal Translation on Wireless-Communication Devices for the Speech and/or Hearing Impaired", Technical Disclosure Commons, (June 11, 2019)