PEORIA (WEEK)- Bradley University electric engineering professor, Mohammad Imtiaz, has developed a innovative lip reading software. He says the ideal came to him when a family friend mentioned how she experienced difficulty teacher students with hearing problems while wearing mask.
The professor understood that in times of dealing with COVID-19 masking is an requirement to ensure everyone's safety but, communication became a struggle to those who relay on lip reading.
"The device would work very simply. The hearing-impaired person can point their smart phone at the speaker and turn their cameras on. It will capture video to transpose the lip movements with mechanical reality on top of the mask. As a person speaks it will slowing outline the lip movements allowing someone to lip read" says Imtiaz.
The software would be a great asset to the elderly community because staff member must mask to keep residents safe. But, some residents have a hard time understanding what is being said.
"I have heard first hand from many people for example the elderly who have said I can't understand you anymore because you are wearing a mask. I can't lip read you anymore" said Imtiaz.
Assisted living director, Julia Smith, says a software of this kind would bring a resolution to an common issue.
"We have to deal with individuals every day in our health care setting, we have to wear mask. It is difficult sometimes to get things across because of their hearing" says Smith.