Accession Number:

ADD020064

Title:

Speech to Visual Aid Translator Assembly and Method

Descriptive Note:

Patent Application, Filed 12 Nov 2002

Corporate Author:

DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Report Date:

2002-11-12

Pagination or Media Count:

17.0

Abstract:

This invention is a speech-to-visual-display translator assembly and method that can convert, or translate, spoken words into visual signals that can be seen by a hearing-impaired person at whom the spoken words are directed. The invention allows the receiving person to supplement speech sounds received with simultaneous visual signals. The invention presents phoneme sounds as phoneticized words. Essentially, it detects and converts to digital format information relating to spoken words, including frequency, relative loudness, suprasegmental information i.e., the rhythm and rising and falling of voice pitch, and intonation contour i.e., the change in vocal pitch that accompanies production of a sentence. The user sees the words in a traveling sign format with the intensity of the displayed phonemes dependent on the relative loudness with which they are spoken. 2 figures

Subject Categories:

  • Linguistics
  • Acoustic Detection and Detectors

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE