Asl- American Sign Language Essay

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What is the topic? -A video relay service (VRS), also sometimes known as a video interpreting service (VIS), is a service that makes it possible for a deaf person to communicate with a hearing person or a deaf person to connect with another deaf person via a telephone. Explain it… - For an example let’s say that you are a deaf, it’s a rainy Saturday night and you are hanging with your friends and you decide that you really want pizza. You would call the VRS Company through a computer or a TV with a video camera and you would then be connected to hopefully a skilled interpreter. The interpreter would then sign to you and then talk to the hearing person on the other end. History… -In 1965 Bell Labs built the first videophone -Later in 1964 the Picturephone was featured at the worlds fair, where the public was invited to place calls between New York and Disneyland. Two Deaf users were able to communicate easily. -Trials went on for 6 years, finally a Picturephone service debuted in downtown Pittsburgh in 1970. AT&T was sure the company would sell one million picturephones by 1980, but it turned out people didn’t like the bulky equipment or the small screen. Also the company charged $16 for a four-minute call. That is an expensive fee, especially in 1970. -In 2003 when Sorenson Media Inc. developed its VP-100 model stand- alone videophone. It was designed to output its video to the user’s television in order lower the cost and to have a clear picture. This made the video relay service easy to use. The Deaf community loved the videophone. Since it was so popular VRS underwent rapid growth. -Today the low cost and widespread availability of 3G mobile phone technologies with video calling capabilities have given the Deaf a greater ability to communicate with ease. VRS must answer 80 percent of all VRS calls within 120 seconds. VRS providers

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