How does the UbiDuo benefit the user?
The UbiDuo provides 100% communication equality between people who are deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing, with zero barriers, zero frustration, and zero Communiphobia. The UbiDuo is available 24/7/365, even when interpreters are not.
Who uses the UbiDuo?
Who buys the UbiDuo?
The UbiDuo is purchased by a variety of clients, including businesses, doctors, lawyers, financial consultants, hospitals, government agencies, schools and churches. In short, many organizations that employ deaf or hard of hearing persons or offer services to them will find the UbiDuo to be an invaluable tool.
Does the UbiDuo replace an interpreter?
The UbiDuo fills the communication void when an interpreter is not available. In any given month, many of our users have told us that an interpreter is only available during a small portion of time and it often takes hours to get an interpreter. Due to a shortage of qualified interpreters, schedule conflicts and cost, it is not feasible to expect that an interpreter will be available each and every time one is desired. In contrast, the UbiDuo is available 24 hours a day and can readily be employed to fill a variety of communication gaps. Most importantly, the UbiDuo is a communication device that empowers the deaf and the hearing person to interact with each other one-on-one with 100% communication equality without any barriers.
What’s the difference between the UbiDuo & writing notes back & forth?
Writing notes is slow. It takes time, and when one person is writing, the other is left hanging, loses focus and can easily lose track of what he wanted to say. The UbiDuo provides simultaneous real-time communication. You don’t have to wait for the other person to finish typing before you can say what’s on your mind, just as you would in a real conversation. And with the split screen, you can see your side of the conversation AND your partner’s. The UbiDuo is a neutral conduit through which two persons can easily, quickly and seamlessly express themselves to each other.
How is the UbiDuo different from instant messaging (IM)?
The UbiDuo is a portable stand-alone communication device with two halves that can be carried anywhere at any time. There is no need to look for another computer, tablet or cell phone for your chat partner to use. IM does not provide the same real-time conversation experience as the UbiDuo. With IM, a person has to type a line of text and then hit Enter to send it to the other party. IM is not much different from writing notes back and forth, except that networked computers are used instead of paper and pen. The UbiDuo enables simultaneous real-time conversation. At the moment a key is pressed, it is immediately transmitted to the other half for display. There is no need to press Enter, and each partner can type and read at the same time. Also, there is no need to be connected to a network in order to use the UbiDuo, since it has its own built-in wireless network.
How many people can use the UbiDuo at the same time?
A single UbiDuo unit is composed of two halves, which provides a two-way chat capability. The halves of another unit can be connected to those of the first unit in order to provide three-way or four-way chat capability.
Does the UbiDuo need Internet or Wi-Fi access?
No. The UbiDuo communicates on its own secured wireless frequency.
What is the difference between a wireless UbiDuo and a wired UbiDuo?
The wired UbiDuo is connected by a cable which is used to transmit the conversation from one half to the other. In order to meet security requirements, it does not have any wireless capability. The wireless UbiDuo does not use a wired connection.