To advance communication between the hearing-impaired and their hearing compatriots, Yoshihiro Kaneko of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at Japan's University of Tsukuba devised Awaring.
In group conversations, Kaneko notes, hearing impaired who rely on lip reading can get left behind. Awaring indicates the speaker's location in real time using LED lights that let the listener know where to look.
The device also measures the volume of a speaker's voice to let them know if they need to speak up to be perceived by someone with diminished hearing. Certain LED patterns can even indicate laughter.
October 15, 2013 3:06 PM PDT
Photo by: Yoshihiro Kaneko
| Caption by: Leslie Katz
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