Tim Poindexter over at Disaboom posted a recent release about captioned radio:
Closed Captioned Radio? That's Right, It's Here!
The first over-the-air broadcast is set for January 8, 2008.
Back in April, 2006, the actual idea was demonstrated at a Broadcasting Conference: Harris Corporation and NPR Labs to Demonstrate New HD Radio Services for Hearing and Visually Impaired at NAB2006.
I remember reading about this back on Jared's Blog awhile back, but I didn't pay attention to it much. The radio was something that has been off-limits in my life for so long, that I didn't even think of the impact of captioned radio.
I can imagine that captioned radio is going to be a great tool for adults and children with new implants as they'll be able to use the radio to practice listening therapy.
It's going to be interesting to see how this develops. All radio transmissions are supposed to convert to digital by 2010. This doesn't yet mean that all will be transmitting captions, but the capability is there.
If they're installing captioned radios in the front dash of a car-- uh oh! I have a feeling we'll be seeing some multi-tasking drivers out there.