High-Tech Invention Allows People Who Are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing to Freely Communicate with the Hearing World

Sep 22, 2003, 01:00 ET from 1450, Inc.

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- A new software program
 that converges the spoken word, sign language, and written text to create a
 personal information highway for persons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing is on
 the market.
     The iCommunicator(TM) gives persons with hearing loss the opportunity to
 comprehend and respond through two-way, multisensory communication in
 situations where an interpreter may be unavailable. See
     "The program converts, in real time, speech-to-text and video sign
 language, and produces computer-generated speech for transmission to personal
 assistive hearing devices," says Gail Rosenberg, Product Manager.
     Rosenberg says it is the first advanced technology of its kind to
 incorporate a speech and voice recognition application that allows persons
 with hearing loss to communicate easily and independently with persons with
 normal hearing.
     The program is used in K-12 education, post-secondary institutions,
 government, military, healthcare, agencies, and corporate settings primarily
 in the United States and Canada.  It is a useful accommodation for daily
 workplace communication, ad hoc meetings, classroom applications, public
 venues such as libraries, and emergency situations.
     According to Rosenberg, by design, the program delivers sign language in
 English word order to enhance relationships between spoken, written, and
 signed words, utilizing more than 9,200 video signs.
     Dragon NaturallySpeaking(R) Professional, V.7.0, integrated with the
 latest version of iCommunicator (V.4.0), converts speech-to-text with a high
 rate of speed and accuracy. Clear speech input is essential for efficient
 translation. This is achieved using a wireless LightSPEED(R) FM (frequency
 modulation) system with a high quality noise canceling microphone to deliver
 speech to the computer.
     Specialized features allow persons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing to
 customize the program. With a simple point and click, the iText tool provides
 immediate access to email, web pages, and other documents. Translated text can
 be saved as notes for future reference.
     The iCommunicator program is compatible with Microsoft(R) accessibility
 options, and on a laptop computer becomes a portable communication access
 solution in multiple environments.
     The iCommunicator is manufactured by Teltronics, Inc., Sarasota, FL, and
 distributed through 1450, Inc.'s reseller channels. For more information about
 iCommunicator, V.4.0, visit http://www.myicommunicator.com or call

SOURCE 1450, Inc.