Friday, April 14, 2006

Phones for the deaf

I'm a technology watcher, and enamored of new stuff, but my gut reaction is that this technology is not a winner.

It's interesting, but I think it's not enough bang for the buck. I suspect that most deaf folks would be better served with text messaging and chat software, which are there, now, and much cheaper.

I'm guessing these, not videophones with interpreters, will replace TTYs. The article even almost seems to figure that out.

Video conferencing should be, however, a great win for deaf-to-deaf communication, and video-cell-phones seem like they're just around the corner.