CES 08 Unveiled gave Viable the opportunity to show their VPAD, a wireless portable videophone designed specifically for the deaf and hard of hearing. Not only does the VPAD have light displays to indicate incoming messages/calls, it also allows the hearing impaired to take the kit with them so they can sign in to their Video Relay Service which enables them to effectively have a portable translation service.
So, imagine the scenario; you’re deaf and need to visit your insurance agent to discuss your policy. If you take your VPAD with you to your insurer’s office, you don’t have to rely on them being able to translate for you. You sign in to your VRS and you’ve got your own translator with you. A simple, but effective and innovate idea design by and for deaf and the hearing impaired.
As an added bonus (if you even need one), when the VPAD is in idle mode, it also doubles up as a digital picture frame.
Have a look at Viable for other great next generation VRS for the deaf.