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Deaf, hard-of-hearing students do first test of sign language by cell phone

UW’s MobileASL team is developing the first device able to transmit American Sign Language over U.S. cellular networks.

The tool is completing its initial field test, which allows the team to see how people use the tool in their daily lives and what obstacles they encounter. Eleven participants — all students in the UW Summer Academy for Advancing Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Computing — are testing the phones for three weeks. They meet periodically with the research team for interviews and respond to survey questions that pop up after a call is completed.

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August 16, 2010