Programmable Notification Device
Zone: Field House
Location: Gordon Field House and Activities Center (GOR/024) -
Time: All Day
The objective of this project is to design, develop and build a notification device that will allow deaf/hard-of-hearing people to be notified when a device such as Smartphone, instruments or appliances produce sounds. The name of the project is called "Programmable Sound Detection (PSD)". The function of the notification device is to record a specified sound of the device and store it in PSD. PSD can store several different audible sounds of different devices. Based on which specified audible sound from the device, the PSD can notify a person which device by flashing light, vibration, or message. There are three types of sound detection systems: Smartphones, BIO RAD Thermal Cycler (Medical Instrument) and appliances. The people will have an opportunity to see, feel, and play with devices while the lights, vibrations, and messages are activated. Smartphones and Tablets: Today, many deaf and hard-of-hearing people use videophones to communicate with the colleagues, family, and friends. And the videophoning has become much portable, as the Smartphones and tablets allowed calling anyone from anywhere in the world. However, the strength of notifying or ring-alerting is limited due to limited electrical power of the Smartphones and tablets. These devices don't have such technology like super-bright LEDs, which are common on the videophones with TVs. Instruments: Today Deaf/Hard-of-hearing scientists/technologists and healthcare workers may not able to hear the beep sound when the audible lab instrument finishes running. There are many audible lab instruments which do not meet the accessibility needs of deaf & hard-of-hearing scientists/technologists. Appliances: Many deaf and hard-of-hearing people may not able to hear the audible sound when the stove, microwave oven, or washer/dryer is completed.
Joe Stanislow, Gary Behm, Vasu Gupta
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