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Accessible Radios

The joint project on accessible radios by Harris, NPR Labs and Maryland’s Towson University kicked off with a live, low-power demonstration.
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The joint project on accessible radios by Harris, NPR Labs and Maryland’s Towson University kicked off with a live, low-power demonstration.

An HD Radio broadcast was translated into text to show how the display of an accessible HD-R receiver would look in the dash. Towson’s Dr. Ellyn Sheffield stressed the split-screen feature, noting that the driver would not be reading the large text; the passenger would be.

She told me she’s spending the next few months surveying the visually- and hearing-impaired communities, as well as the geriatric community, to see what radio features would help them.

Delphi and Radiosophy have expressed an interest in making prototype receivers, I’m told.

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