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  • January 11, 1994 - RTR sends live captions over the Multicast Backbone of the Internet (Sun Microsystems)
  • September 12, 1995 - RTR puts live captions on an Internet Relay Chat channel (AT&T)
  • January 5, 1996 - RTR puts live captions on a Web page (Nuclear Regulatory Commission)
  • February 27, 1996 - RTR puts live captions on a Web page and the IRC concurrently (AT&T)
  • June 25, 1996 - RTR joins an elite team put together by Asymetrix to put on cooltools@asymetrix.LIVE!
    This event provided realtime text, RealAudio, video and a slide show concurrently!
    RTR had the privilege of providing the realtime text feed for this fantastic event.
  • And our Public Events page will give you an idea of what has transpired since! We are now too busy to keep up our events pages, but you can still learn how other companies have utilized our services for their Web events, to help Get The Word Out!

Realtime translation of the spoken word onto the internet was not our original goal. In 1985 we began testing a software package that we had been helping to develop since 1983. This software allowed us to connect a traditional stenotype machine to a computer and instantly display the translation (text) of the stenographic notes as they were fed in realtime into the computer. This program, written by AristoCAT Development Corporation of Bend, Oregon, also allowed us to edit and print the translation concurrently. This was great for use in our court reporting business. We could take depositions or court trials and hand the finished transcript to the participants withing 20 minutes of the end of the proceedings! That certainly raised a lot of eyebrows in 1985.

By 1987 AristoCAT had developed what they called their computer-integrated courtroom software, which allowed us to send our translation, in real time, to other computers within cabling distance, up to about 100 feet at that time. This gave the participants in the proceedings the ability to read along with the translation and even search and annotate the transcript as it was being produced. We could even print the transcript concurrent with the translation and editing. Another great product for the legal arena.

We soon began utilizing this technology to aid the deaf and hearing impaired participants in everything from litigations to public hearings. To this day our reporters work with deaf students at the University of California Santa Cruz and Cabrillo College. It helps the students by leveling the playing field in their classes, and our reporters gain an education and a great sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.

It was a small step to move into the closed captioning field, where realtime translation is used to place a textual representation of TV broadcast or videotape dialogue into the Vertical Blanking Interval of the video signal so those with a decoder could enjoy TV, especially news broadcasts, just like the hearing community. By the way, a caption decoder is now built in to every television sold in the U.S., so push the button and check it out.

Soon after we began captioning Sun Microsystems' Sunergy television programs, we realized that the internet was the place to be, so we worked with AristoCAT to develop a method of bringing realtime translation to the internet, the place where data is king and the technocrats prowl! So we developed some proprietary software to work in conjunction with our AristoCAT software so we could bring live, realtime captioning to the Internet.

What we do is connect the stenotype machine (you've seen them on TV) to a computer, a notebook is adequate, and the code being written by the court reporter travels through a comm port to the translation program. As the code is translating into text it can be edited by the computer operator using a special editing program. The textual output from the translator or editor is then sent out a second comm port that has been connected via modem or network to the Internet, where we insinuate our text into your chat applet, G2 server,etc. When using a web page, other frames on the page can be used to display slide shows, video or the data of your choice.
Whatever way you choose to do it, you will definitely get your message out.

If you have something important to say to your employees or associates, your users, those you would like to be your users; if you belong to a large professional organization and it's not possible to gather everyone in one place to discuss important issues, then gather those you can and let the rest of the group participate through the Internet. They can join in the discussion in real time and add their two cents' worth rather than waiting for the newsletter that contains a summary of what transpired. If you have something to say, grab the largest audience you can!



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