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Thanks to the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center 11/12/2013
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) can be received on cell phones across the country. These alerts are automatic, provide AMBER alerts, and weather emergency notifications. Unlike text alerts you may receive from your city, county, or institution, you do not have to sign-up to receive WEA messages. The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) is interested in your level of awareness of WEA messages. This survey will also help them understand how accessible and useful you think they are.
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By Dana Bartholomew, Staff, 3/12/2013

A team of Cal State Northridge computer hotshots licked top universities throughout the region at a software competition last weekend by designing a winning phone app alert system for the deaf.

The CSUN computer science students clinched the "SS12: Code for a Cause" contest in San Diego, thumping teams from USC and UCLA.

With only two weeks to design their software, the team of five students concocted an Android application that can interpret audio disturbances such as sirens, smoke alarms, car horns or even crying children, then translate them into flashing lights,vibrations and texts to those who could not otherwise hear them. The free app is now available at Google Play.

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