CES 2008: Viable's video phone for deaf and hard of hearing

CES 2008, Home Appliances

One of the more interesting products on show at CES Unveiled this afternoon was Viable’s video phone aimed at the deaf and hard of hearing amongst us.

The newly-established company’s put a lot of time and money into developing the phone, which is completely portable and wireless. With a 10.2″ touch screen, the unit has a USB port, audio and video inputs and outputs and the usual visual and audio alerts you’d expect for high quality two-way video conferences. At 30fps, it’s not too shabby.

What’s fascinating is the phone was developed by deaf people, for deaf people. Even the man on the stand telling me about it was deaf himself, and using sign language, communicated via a translator.


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Katherine Hannaford
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  • Only One word to characterize such a great post “WOW” that was a very interesting read

  • WOW … you mean Deaf people can actually accomplish things? “What’s fascinating is the phone was developed by deaf people, for deaf people.” Are you aware that Bell was trying to invent a device to communicate with his deaf wife and ACCIDENTLY devoloped the telephone?

    Guess you don’t have many Deaf friends, or you would know tht there isn’t much difference between Hearing and Deaf, accept language – oh, and an entire Deaf Culture that has thrived for generations….

  • i need your help me about download finish then not work use name and password, but not understand why. so i did call you but hung up or support. i need to talk with anthony mowl please and i did leave message never call back.

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