2021 Galleries

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Caption Speaker

Finalist

Competition: Spark:Fall/Winter Student
Designer: Eun Ji Shin
Design Type: Product & industrial
Company / Organization / School: Hongik University
Team Members: Eun Ji Shin, Jung Min Kim, Mun Gyeong Kim, Sang Woon Oh & Han Seul Kim

Today is the era of countless video contents and online video conferences. However, when we researched the video viewing and meeting environments of the deaf, they had three major inconveniences; First, it is difficult to fully understand or participate unless the content production or the video meeting presenter provides closed-captions or scripts. Second, when closed-caption appears on the video, it often overlaps with open-caption, and it reduces the image quality by covering unexpected parts of the screen. Third, live-caption software or service must be downloaded and installed on the user's device. Therefore, it is cumbersome to use if it is not compatible with the device or if you want to use it on a device you do not normally use. In order to resolve this inequality experienced by the deaf and increase their participation in society, we designed a 'caption speaker'. 'Speaker for the deaf' is paradoxical, but for them, 'speaking' is 'captioning'. Using commercially available technology, the 'caption speaker' provides live-caption with more than 95% accuracy. An independent display is provided so as not to overlap or obscure the screen. It is small and light so it can be connected to any device anywhere with Bluetooth or a cable.