For example, Mashable recently noted how the "take the floor" feature, which makes it so the main camera shifts through a keyboard command, opens up Hangouts to the hearingimpaired. Google+ Hangouts is getting new features, including the option to...
This obviously has incredible implications for the hearing-impaired and language translation. YouTube is introducing machine-generated automatic captioning to YouTube. The captions can also be translated.
Especially in the blind community, the Internet has opened up a door to a very special group of users who rely heavily on their hearing and sense of touch to fit in. Search engines such as Google employ engineers who are visually impaired.
The company also plans to use the tool to separate content and design to allow for customized presentation for various devices such as for visually or hearingimpaired users, Palms, etc.according to FAST spokesperson Jami Axelrod.
In some cases the media can be converted to text: broadcast television often includes digital text as closed-captions for the hearingimpaired, and scene titles and captions within a video can be converted to text using OCR.