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Radio captioning technology debuts in Ft. Mitchell

The company that first captioned radio so that people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing don't miss out on the latest news is demonstrating yet another piece of translational technology this week in Northern Kentucky.

NPR Labs, the research and development arm of National Public Radio, has been working on ways to caption radio broadcasts for years. Products include on-screen captions as well as a dual-screen option for cars that allows drivers to see only a customized map of their location while passengers view a printed story on the same screen from a different angle.

So when visually impaired listeners spoke out, anxious to receive the same kind of access to written news as their peers, NPR Labs responded. The new technology uses some elements of existing translation devices to create a direct port from the written transcript to transfer it to Braille.

NPR Labs chose to debut and test their innovative new product at the American Association of the Deaf-Blind (AADB) 2011 National Symposium, a gathering of service support providers as well as the deaf-blind. It runs June 19 through 24 in Ft. Mitchell, KY.

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