Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Are You Purple? Hands On Welcomes New Customers
I've been purple for a few months now. Before that, I was a dedicated I-711 user and IP Relay and I still am-- except now all of my favorites are rolled into one. The three companies merged and now I'm a purple employee.
Yes, that's right, I work for Hands On.
I love video relay with VCO. What's that, you ask? I pull up VideoSign 2.5 on my computer or HOVRS.TV on my videophone and an interpreter appears on screen. Let's say I want to call my mother-in-law. I type in my mother-in-law's phone number, click on VCO (Voice Carry Over--this lets me use my own voice to talk directly to my mother-in-law) and the interpreter calls me on my phone. The interpreter then connects me to my mother-in-law. I can talk directly to my mother-in-law and the interpreter interprets everything she says. My sister used this system for the first time to call my Dad recently, but she had the interpreter mouth the words as she doesn't know much sign. The advantage over text relay for us is that it is much, much faster and the conversation flows quicker.
However, text relay (where I type to the operator, and the operator voices for me and types what the other person says) has one advantage: it is great for when I want to keep a record of a call and print out the conversation.
We have exciting changes coming up at Hands On-- a completely portable videophone (the MVP) and VideoSign 3.0 (chat with eight buddies at once!).
So, if you'd like to learn more about how you too, can become purple send me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is it any coincidence that my favorite color is purple and grape Kool-aid is my favorite kiddie drink?