Today the SmartVP 2.0 Videophone was announced by Purple Communications. The next generation videophone is specifically designed for people who are deaf and hard-of-hearing has upgraded hardware and software that is supported by a powerful new video platform and provides a seamless communication experience.
The SmartVP, based on the Android OS, connects to a television and utilizes Video Relay Service (VRS) that connects a user who is deaf with and American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter, to connect people who are deaf with users that don’t know ASL.
The SmartVP 2.0 upgrade offers higher quality video and greater reliability as well as the following additional features:
- Yellow Pages: The app is more robust and users can easily search for any organization can call with a button click. Maps and local reviews have also been added.
- Keyboard Support: The 1.2 platform now supports text input via an external keyboard.
- Text Box: A scalable and movable text box allows for note taking and sharing of more technical information.
- RSS Feed: Allows the user to subscribe to websites, news, entertainment, sports, vlogs and other content.
- Enhanced Deaf Video Library: A growing library of deaf videos and movies now categorized.
- How-To Videos: ASL instructional videos covering the features of SmartVP.
SmartVP 2.0, VRS, Purple’s P3 software, and mobile application are free of charge to those qualified.