Não vou traduzir pra não correr o risco de cometer algum erro, rsrsrsrs. Mas a idéia é interessante – embora seja uma droga o preço do iPhone no Brasil. Aliás quem tem iPhone ou iPod Touch sabe que eles têm uma ferramenta ótima para deficientes auditivos: o FaceTime, que é uma videoconferência sem delay. Deu pra entender que a Apple está trabalhando com marcas de aparelhos auditivos para produzir os AASI ‘feitos para iPhone’ e que seria possível modificar a regulagem deles através do iPhone (acho brabo que as marcas vão permitir isso). E também querem fazer uma rede social de usuários de aparelhos auditivos (não me pareceu algo muito útil, mas enfim…).
“Apple is researching systems the idea of an iPhone-branded hearing-aid that could support a social network for hearing-impaired iOS 6 devices such as the iPhone 5 according to patent applications published last week.
The patents, first noted by Apple-focused news site AppleInsider, build on hearing-aid technology planned for iOS 6, the version of Apple’s mobile operating system to be released this autumn. The patent filings suggest that users will be able to modify hearing-aid parameters via their iPhone or iPad a device such as an iPhone, and describe a social network that would allow users to share hearing-aid profiles.
Apple said last month it is working with hearing-aid manufacturers to introduce “Made for iPhone” hearing aids, which will work with iOS 6 on iPhone 4S and later devices. While Apple didn’t disclose further details, the technology appears to be aimed at improving the experience of users who connect their hearing aids to the iPhone via Bluetooth.
The systems outlined in Apple’s patents take the hearing-aid interaction a step further by allowing the iPhone to modify the audio settings of programmable hearing aids, and to share settings profiles with other users.
The patent “Remotely Updating a Hearing Aid Profile” outlines a system for storing hearing-aid profiles in a mobile device and modifying the hearing aid’s settings as desired.
“Programmable hearing aids that allow a user to adjust the hearing aid response to their own preference have been recently made available at reasonable cost,” Apple said in the filing. “What is desired is allowing a hearing aid user to modify the audio processing of the programmable hearing aid in real time in accordance with the context for which the hearing aid is or will be used.”
A second patent, “Social Network For Sharing A Hearing Aid Setting”, outlines a social network that would allow users to swap hearing-aid profiles.
“Broadly speaking, the embodiments disclosed herein describe a social network tailored to meet the needs of individuals having impaired hearing,” the filing states. “In a particular embodiment, audio processing characteristics of hearing aids worn by and used by members of the social network can be modified based upon at least some of the information passed between members of the social network.”
These profiles could be stored on devices such as laptops, iPods or mobile phones and used by the hearing aid depending on the user’s context, Apple said.
“For example, a first HA profile can be used for processing external audio emanating from a generally quiet background environment such as a library, whereas a second HA profile can be used to process external audio emanating from a noisy environment such as a rock concert,” Apple said in the filing.
A user could transmit a photo of their environment which could be used to estimate the surrounding acoustic environment and retrieve a suitable hearing-aid profile, Apple said. Both patents were filed in January of last year, and are credited to Edwin W. Foo and Gregory F. Hughes.”