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We all know how frustrating it is to talk on a cell phone when reception is poor and your words get mangled.
Here is a simple solution: As soon as reception is so poor that your conversation partner starts to "break up", the phone automatically switches to low reception emergency mode.
recognition program converts your words into text. The text is transmitted to your partner's phone, which has a speech synthesis program that converts it back into words.
The advantage: Text requires *a lot* less bandwith than sound, so this emergency mode should continue working even where reception is lousy, giving the caller enough time to walk to a spot with better reception without needing to stop the conversation.
text<->speech as audio compression
[xaviergisz, Dec 22 2006]
||I get one bar of service here on the mountain, I can't send any text, let alone make a damn phone call.
||actually that's an interesting idea, one that I hadn't heard before, and I hear a lot of them +
||Nice idea [kinemojo]. It is predicated on the reliability of a technology (speech recognition) that isn't known for its reliability but if this problem were solved, I see no technical barrier on the telecoms side [+].