Category Archives: Hard of hearing

Primp up the volume!

No one buys a laptop or netbook for audio quality, but lots of people use their portable devices for audio-intensive apps like playing music, watching movies, and talking on VoIP.  Now people with mild to moderate hearing loss can improve … Continue reading

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PhoneTag Live, you’re it!

Ditech Networks (not the lenders) has had a voice mail transcription service for a while.  Now they’re offering live transcription for conference calls.  This is a mainstream version of the real-time captioning service that’s been available for deaf and hard … Continue reading

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Caption crunch

Onstage LED displays that provide redundant text have been an opera staple for some time, but to the best of our knowledge there hasn’t been a widespread equivalent for other types of theatrical performances. That might change with Airscript, a … Continue reading

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Voluptuous volume

You wouldn’t dream of doing a PowerPoint presentation without bringing a projector to maximize visibility, right? However, if the presentation has an audio component, at most you might stuff a couple of cheap speakers into your carry-on and figure that’ll … Continue reading

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The beat goes on

The 3M Littman Electronic Stethoscope, like other stethoscopes we’ve covered before, has obvious advantages for doctors who are hard-of-hearing–including ambient noise reduction, acoustic seal earpieces, and amplification options. But we’re also interested in its recording and Bluetooth capabilities, which allow … Continue reading

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Layared look

Layar is billed as the first commercially viable augmented reality service.  For Android devices, aim your camera at any location or object that’s been indexed — a fort, a bar, a train station — and information pops onto the screen, … Continue reading

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