Designs for the Better World

Speech Balloons for the Hearing-Impaired

Speech balloons in comic books show very well how the characters speak. If we could instantly visualize how people speak, wouldn’t it be nice for the hearing-impaired? It means they can SEE our voices.

Speech balloons for hearing-impaired
Stressed words are rendered larger than those spoken less loudly.

Speech balloons for hearing-impaired
Arrows of the balloons show from where it’s spoken (of course).

Speech balloons for hearing-impaired
A scream is shown in a balloon with jags.

Speech balloons for hearing-impaired
Imitation sounds are also rendered, but with other colors than spoken words.

Speech balloons for hearing-impaired
When spoken to from out of the screen, it shows the words with the direction the voice is from.

Speech balloons for hearing-impaired
A pair of glasses with the same functions could replace the device if we could figure out a good way not to block visual information.

Also visit the other series of this gadget.


Part1:”Future of Internet Search: Mobile version”


Part2:”Future of Mobile Internet Search: Applications”

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Part3:”Look at What You Don’t See Through Glass”

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Part4:”Future of Mobile Search for Diet”

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Part5:”Future of Mobile Search- Search Beyond Time”

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Part6:”Future of Mobile Search- Power of Visualization”

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Part7:”Future of Mobile Search: Virtual Shopping #1″


iPhone with Looking Glass
See also the iPhone version of this concept.

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25 responses

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  6. Wataru

    very cool idea!
    might be cool to have an option to have touch feedback as well, like subtle vibration so they can ‘feel’ the tone (faster for high pitch voice, slower for lower pitch). maybe…

    February 14, 2009 at 5:02 am

  7. This is such a wonderful idea! It seems quite doable. It could aid so many people, not just the hearing impaired but also those who have other difficulties in communicating. Hook up a small keyboard and give voice to the voiceless.
    On a less serious note, a device like this would make real world communication look awful similar to that in current online multiplayer rpg games (MMOs)

    February 14, 2009 at 1:11 pm

  8. really like it!
    great idea.

    February 16, 2009 at 11:48 pm

  9. m

    this could help a lot of people

    February 18, 2009 at 4:40 am

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  15. Not only for Deaf/Hard of Hearing, but in situations that are too noisy or thru glass which involves anyone who has visual
    access and is literate.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:34 pm

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  17. guest86

    Wow! That great! I am deaf and want this one! I had magnet inside my head and can attach to my CI Implants to hear sounds. Call Nucleus Freedom Cochlear.

    I am ready to get this for to help me in the future!

    If people who are deaf without CI implants will not help them! Must modded magnet of Nucleus implant inside your ear order to work!!! Must get implant under age of 20 and below. If over 20 age will no longer work connect to inside ear to brain will be failure.

    If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you can get implants? Here you go! Here website is http://www.cochlear.com/ . You must explain to Cochlear admin will tell you many things!

    You will have to go to hospital and doctor will install implants to your ear order to nervous to work will send signal/sound/message to your brain!

    I can hear sounds everything without problems! But problems, I can’t understand what people talking in background.

    I can hear phone ringing, dog barking, someone knock on door, vehicle’s motor is very loud, and more!!!

    Cheers!!!🙂

    February 14, 2010 at 4:37 pm

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  20. Aaron

    Excellent ideas ! Try some for medical devices on mobile too.

    October 3, 2010 at 3:28 pm

  21. A beautiful and high quality information.this paper is accurate to be useful. Thanks to the author.

    March 29, 2011 at 4:11 am

  22. dagmar

    this would make eavesdropping really really easy😛

    March 30, 2011 at 3:42 am

  23. very nice pictures is also very lively and attractive you look.

    May 6, 2011 at 10:16 pm

  24. A beautiful and high quality information.this paper is accurate to be useful. Thanks to the author.

    July 18, 2011 at 6:26 pm

  25. Oh great! Did you hear about the Jules Verne effect?

    January 18, 2012 at 7:46 am

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