Patent number 8526581 is assigned to
The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention generally relates to the field of telecommunications. In particular, the invention relates to a system and method for assisting the hearing impaired by a communications assistant while also facilitating the calling party's Caller ID into XML text or to be shown on any telephone for hard of hearing party to see.
"There is a necessity for humans to communicate with one another. There have been many inventions to assist such communication, especially in the field of devices or services for the deaf. However, most of these devices have been created using BAUDOT protocol, used for modem to modem communication, which was communicating at 45.5 baud. Commonly known devices are TDD or Teletype TTY. Some of the modem devices are TDD consisting of keyboard and display with built in modem.
"Due to the proliferation of the internet, the present invention will provide a mechanism for to people to communicate with each other regardless of geographic boundaries. The present invention may be used with any telephone currently available or anything that will be invented in the future to assist the communications assistant or the operator. The present invention may replace many of those devices as it uses internet protocol which works over a global communications network. The present invention will further assist companies and service providers who are in the business of translating and transcribing.
"The advantage of this invention described herein will allow the end user device to receive text or captioned text to be displayed. The words spoken by the called party will be transcribed by an operator or communications assistant for streaming as text to the device of an end user who is hearing impaired. The device may be any of IP phone, Blackberry, WM-Windows Mobile,
"Accordingly, there is now provided with this invention an improved communications system for the hearing impaired effectively overcoming the aforementioned difficulties and longstanding problems inherent in the voice communication field. Additionally, this invention further promotes functional equivalency for the hard of hearing by providing Caller ID of the calling party instead of the Caller ID of the relay service provider. Other service providers currently providing IP CTS or IP Relay lack caller ID functionalities for the hard of hearing."
In addition to the background information obtained for this patent, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "According to one aspect of the invention, a system for communication is disclosed comprising a first telephone for transmitting and receiving voice and text by IP communication, a transceiving device for transmitting and receiving voice and text communication connected by ip to the first telephone, and a second telephone operatively connected to said transceiving device for transmitting voice communication thereto. The transceiving device provides the calling party's caller identification.
"Another aspect of the invention includes a method of communication comprising sending a first voice communication from a first telephone to a second telephone through a transceiving device and receiving a text message from the transceiving device. The text message is a text of a voice communication from the second telephone in response to the first voice communication.
"Still another aspect of the invention includes a method of communication comprising receiving on a transceiving device a first voice communication from a first telephone connected by ip to a second telephone and providing text transcription of the voice communication from the second telephone to the first telephone by the transceiving device.
"Still another aspect of the invention includes a method of communication which displays the caller ID of the calling party to the hard of hearing party, and vice versa, and not the caller ID of the service provider. Through the use of other service providers and their current technology, the hard of hearing user has no idea who's calling him or her until the calling party reveals him or herself in voice and/or via captioning to the hard of hearing user.
"As will be appreciated by those persons skilled in the art, a major advantage provided by the present invention is that hard of hearing persons may communicate by means of a telephone to persons who can hear, as well as benefit from a Caller ID pass through feature which is unavailable through other current service providers in the market today. Additional objects of the present invention will become apparent from the following description.
"The method and apparatus of the present invention will be better understood by reference to the following detailed discussion of specific embodiments and the attached figures which illustrate and exemplify such embodiments."
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