Deaf And Hard Of Hearing Vote Yes On New Radio Technology
November 13, 2008 at 7:44 AM (PT)
While millions of U.S. citizens voted for national and local elections last week, some of the nation's deaf and hard of hearing citizens were casting important votes on the future of captioned radio broadcasts -- new technology designed to enable them to experience live radio coverage for the first time, reports MARKETWATCH.COM. The results -- more than three-quarters of people who are deaf and hard of hearing indicated that they would be interested in purchasing captioned radio displays after watching live demonstrations of the technology last week at seven locations around the United States. The election night broadcast demonstrations were made possible by NPR, HARRIS CORPORATION and TOWSON UNIVERSITY.
"The telecast demonstrated the enormous potential of digital radio and how it can reach new audiences," said HARRIS CORPORATION Chairman/Pres./CEO HOWARD L. LANCE. "HD Radio's benefits extend well beyond clearer signals and better sound -- it sends data, scrolling real-time text, even images. This telecast ushers in a whole new era of radio that can now finally be experienced by millions of deaf and hard-of-hearing people."
More information on the initiative can be found at www.i-cart.net.