September 22nd, 2004

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Finally, a use for videophones

The Cell phone company 3, in Sweden, has finally found a market for videophones - enabling deaf users to communicate natively in sign language instead of just texting. What the engadget and picturephoning.com articles fail to make clear is: sign languages are generally two-handed - so what do you do with a phone, prop it up on the table while you're talking? Or are there one-handed variants of the language? (reminiscent of the dvorak-left and dvorak-right typing systems...)