[Athen] Remote Real-Time Captioning and Bluetooth Microphones for iPad

Brusnighan, Dean A. dabrus at purdue.edu
Fri Aug 22 07:05:52 PDT 2014


We have used an iPad in the classroom running Skype combined with either a Revolabs wireless lapel microphone or a Revolabs tabletop microphone. We purchased an iPad "camera connection kit" from Apple that allows a USB connection for the microphone base unit. This has worked well for us.


Dean Brusnighan
Assistive Technology Specialist
Purdue University, Young Hall
155 S. Grant Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2108
Phone: 765-494-9082
dabrus at purdue.edu<mailto:dabrus at purdue.edu>

From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Cassandra L. Tex
Sent: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 4:29 PM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: [Athen] Remote Real-Time Captioning and Bluetooth Microphones for iPad

Greetings All,
Has anyone used iPads for remote real-time captioning? What type of microphone (presumably Bluetooth) did you use? Was it a lapel mic or did the professor actually have to put it on his/her head? I wouldn't think the built-in microphone on an iPad would be sufficient in a classroom setting...

In the past we have used laptops with Revolabs wireless lapel microphones for remote real-time captioning. The vendor we contract with for the real-time captioning uses Skype and we've never had a problem with sound quality with our setup (wireless network, laptop with Skype, and revolabs lapel mic). However, we're looking for a more compact way to provide real-time captioning (and perhaps even using the student's own device if available). Hauling a laptop around can be cumbersome...

Would love suggestions on Bluetooth microphones that could work. What is the range of a Bluetooth microphone? How far can the person with the microphone be from the device it's paired with? It probably depends on the device, but in general, how far apart can the devices be?

Having a CART transcriber in the room is not an option. We are in a rural area and don't have folks in the area with this skill.

Cassandra Tex
Assistive Technology Specialist
Humboldt State University
tex at humboldt.edu<mailto:tex at humboldt.edu>

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