I applied for Google’s Glass Explorer program hoping for the chance to influence the design to make it more accessible for people with disabilities.
As a freelance journalist who happens to be deaf, I dashed off the following tweet in response to the contest question: What would you do with Google Glass? “One word: Captioning. Movies, shows, public events, people I have trouble lip-reading (mustaches are so 70s!). #ifihadglass.”
Profoundly deaf since birth, I wear a cochlear implant and digital hearing aid. I speak and read lips, but cannot understand speech without seeing the speaker’s face or reading captions. Instant captioning would make my life easier in many respects — for that person who mumbles or has a thick foreign accent, when I miss announcements or other audible information, or when I’m at a venue that doesn’t have captions. I was excited thinking about the possibilities, both professionally and personally.