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Cell phone signaler for the deaf community ?

My younger brother always having problems with incoming SMS, door bells.

Saw some signaler sold online but it is indeed will cost a Benjamin.

Anyone could have a DIY signaler to  lit series of colorful LEDs when there is an incoming SMS, or incoming cell phone if the phone is rest onto the signaler ?

I remembered last time during the 2G phone era, it used to have these tiny gadget attached at the antenna and will emits light when there is an incoming message or incoming call.

Unfortunately it is no longer available these days.

Your brother should get one of these. Its a Bluetooth vibrating wrist band. It even displays caller ID info on it. At less then $30 its a pretty good deal and is perfect for the hearing impaired.
Found an even cooler option for about $100. It the same thing as above but its a wrist watch with a color screen. When there is an incoming call, the Watch will vibrate and show the telephone number and caller's picture that has been saved in the Watch.
http://www.amazon.com/Bluetooth-Vibration-Caller-Picture-Display/dp/B004UHW8H2

There are all sorts of interesting options out there. The hearing impaired community isn't being left out. 
You can still find plenty of little cell phone charms that light up when a call comes in.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/cellphone/a150/
canucksgirl2 years ago
I found a fairly simple solution. It's an LED stick on puck light that can be set to light up based on sound like music, or in this case a cell phone or telephone.

They cost less than $10, but I didn't check on shipping (which I can't imagine is that much).

Check it out and let me know if you think this will work or not, as I might be able to find you something else.
s3ngchoy (author)  canucksgirl2 years ago

Good to know that product.


Preferred to be something that will lit specifically for incoming SMS or cell phone call.

Punk light responded to any sound. Could be quite confusing.

Thanks.
I did think of that, and although I can't see all the details of the puck light, I suspect that it must only have a minimal sized microphone area; in which case if the cell phone was set on top, there should be very minimal interference. Also, most cell phones come with headphones, and if your brother has them, they could be literally plugged into the phone, and the receiver taped to the microphone of the puck light (pretty much eliminating any other external noise). ~ Just some thoughts

The only other product that I'm aware of that is specifically designed for use with a cell phone (geared toward the deaf), is available online for $69.95. I'm not sure what kind of budget you have, but it's another option.

Here's the link.
s3ngchoy (author)  canucksgirl2 years ago
Tapping into the microphone sounds great.

Maybe will give it a try before others attempts.
Good luck with it. I hope you find something that works for your brother.

Let us know if you need any further help. ;-)
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