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Rafa Elliott, who is deaf, poses for a photo while wearing glasses developed by SignGlasses at the College of Eastern Idaho. The glasses have a heads-up display and built-in camera that allows an interpreter working off-site to see and hear what the student sees and to sign for them. Elliott is a business management student at CEI.

Last week a College of Eastern Idaho student became one of the first in the nation to use a new technology that allows deaf and hard of hearing students to both see and understand an instructor in real time.

Rafa Elliott, a business management student from Idaho Falls, donned special gear called SignGlasses that allowed him to observe his teacher and a sign language interpreter at the same time. The glasses show a miniature video image of the interpreter on one side of the lenses. SignGlasses are connected to a webcam, a laptop computer, the internet and a microphone. The sign language interpreter can observe the class from a remote setting, via webcam, and interpret for the student through the internet. The session can be recorded and time-stamped for later review.


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Glasses developed by SignGlasses are seen at College of Eastern Idaho on Thursday. The glasses have a heads-up display and built-in camera that allows an interpreter working off-site to see and hear what the student sees and to sign for them.

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Caitlyn Quiroz signs to Rafa Elliott during an interview with the Post Register at College of Eastern Idaho on Thursday.

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