Youtube turns on auto-captioning for all videos

Youtube has now turned on auto-captioning for all videos. This means that Google’s voice recognition software will automatically supply captions for every video uploaded to Youtube.

Of course voice recognition software often makes mistakes, especially when dealing with poor audio and when it is processing audio quickly.

If you have uploaded any videos to Youtube, you can easily correct the mistakes in the captions. This will enable many more web users to get maximum enjoyment from your video.

For more details, please see the following article at ReadWriteWeb.

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Bluetooth Hearing Aids

Take a look at the following link for some new bluetooth products designed especially to facilitate communication as well as listening to music for hard-of-hearing individuals:

http://www.walyou.com/blog/2010/02/19/bluetooth-hearing-aid-design/

Deaf Olympics

With the Olympic Games currently underway in Vancouver, we thought this would be a good opportunity to post an informative article about the deaf olympics, which have been held separately from the mainstream games since 1924.

This article, about deaf bowling champion Chang Lee-hsiao, explains why it is that deaf athletes compete separately, as well as the challenges that are faced by professional athletes who are affected by hearing loss.

Increase in online captioning

Television content is required by law to feature on-screen captions. Internet-based video, however, does not have the same requirements, so a very large amount of videos on the internet are not captioned.

With the increase in viewership of web-based video, this has begun to change.

Please see the following article from Wisconsin’s Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CDHH) for details:

CDHH Promotes Increased Online Captioning

Hard-of-hearing and deaf in recent movies

This Flixster.com user has made a list of recent movies that include hard-of-hearing or deaf characters.

There are a good amount of lists concerning the subject, but there is a surprisingly low amount of lists out there that include recent movies, so this list may prove to be quite useful.

Click here to see the list.

Summer Academy for Advancing Deaf & Hard of Hearing in Computing

In the following video, we meet many deaf and hearing impaired individuals with successful careers in computer science. Towards the end, there is a brief discussion of video relay services.

(The video was recorded in 2008.)