WIRELESS EMERGENCY ALARM SYSTEM FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED
Original Publication Date: 1997-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-May-17
Currently, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, infant breathing monitors, and burglar alarms all rely on visual or audible feedback to alert the user of an emergency condition. While this approach serves many applications, deaf users find themselves at a severe disadvantage. For example, smoke or carbon monoxide alarms aimed at the hearing-impaired market utilize white light indica- tors in addition to the normal audible alarm. However, when the user is sleeping, even a flashing light in another room may not alert the user, result- ing in a potential deadly situation. Therefore, what is needed is an alternate means of alerting a deaf or hearing-impaired person to an alarm condition.