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Old 07-16-2019, 04:26 PM
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I have a friend in another state who has Usher Syndrome. Is there is a mechanism that can take HAM radio Morse code and change it to some kind of electrical pulse so she can feel it and we can communicate when her hearing finally goes away?
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I do not know what that specific disease is, but is it possible to, much like beethoven, use something like loud headphones on a specific part of the body, so you are feeling the sound as opposed to hearing it, but with cw, still able to translate from to beat? Similar to the bass in a car, potentially?

This is just a thought on your question, although now i am wondering about something like a thing to translate sound into maybe an actuated mechanic to cause a tapping somewhere on the body.

I just learned that usher disease is a loss of hearing and sight. I am glad that you are looking into some way to communicate.
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I bet you could rig up a device to do that. A speaker moves air, just fit a rod in the coils.

There are free programs to use on a computer where she could watch the signals plus it converts them to letters or letters back to code. It might be able to pulse bright light, plus it can alter the speed so she could slow it down or speed up the WPM to match her skill and the response of the coil unit.

I thought I saw a scanner that would convert a page of text into braille on the fly so to speak.

Digi-something is the one I'm thinking of but there are lots
https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/free-m...ages-computer/
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Braille might work-- thanks! I'll look up your url.

She's completely blind now and all her devices have audio augmentation so she can hear. We're exploring all the options so she won't have to completely rely on someone knowing finger ASL. Maybe even one of those transmitter/receivers for coding?
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there is a device that converts print to braille this was 40 years go so I believe it has to have been improved. it had a unit that fit on the fingers of the reading hand and pins raised that corelated to the braille of the letter scanned.
the ticker tape machines you see in the movies punched dots and dashes in series into the tape those were read visually. the braille printers I'm familiar with print on a strip thn the strip is placed sequence on a sheet of backing to be read.
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Feel-The-Code (A Haptic Morse Code Reader) https://www.instructables.com/id/Fee...-Reader-Part-/
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I have a friend in another state who has Usher Syndrome. Is there is a mechanism that can take HAM radio Morse code and change it to some kind of electrical pulse so she can feel it and we can communicate when her hearing finally goes away?
There are various types of mechanical buzzers that could be rigged up to respond to morse code without much work. Then she could feel the buzz through touch. It could be attached to a wristwatch band. While most of these are made to be loud and annoying, you could probably modify a small one to simply vibrate by removing the membrane that moves air. It will be important that it can be turned off and on rapidly to discern a dot and dash. Vibrator motors from old cellphones might be a bit slow blurring the sensation of a dot versus a dash.

One of these might work.

https://www.challengeelectronics.com...rs/mechanical/
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Thanks so much to all of you! I really appreciate this, and I know she will too.
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Check the ARRL WEB site. They have amateur radio information about various disabilities including sight and hearing.
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Thanks, franklin, I will do that!
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