Caption Engineering

Much of my time in the captioning field involved engineering work, from designing and writing software to create closed captions to serving on standards committees and co-designing the first ergonomic stenotype keyboard. I have also been a strong advocate for television access to deaf and hard-of-hearing people, speaking at conferences across the country and training hundreds of realtime captioners. For more captioning content, please visit my main captioning page.

Andrew Saks Engineering Award

Andrew Saks Award

Granted in 1997 for “outstanding contributions in improving visual accessibility to information via real-time captioning for deaf and hard of hearing Americans.”

This award is particularly meaningful to me because it showed that the captioning products I was designing mattered to the people that really needed them. I’ve been a captioning advocate for a long time, and it’s always felt somewhat abstract. An award like this makes it feel real.

Patent #7,360,234

Cover of patent #7,360,234

Granted in 2008: “System, Method, and computer program product for selective filtering of objectionable content from a program.”

I do not own the rights to this patent, but it was still a pivotal moment for me when it was finally granted years after the work was complete. After my prior (and in my mind, much more significant) application was denied because it was “too obvious,” getting this one made me feel somehow vindicated.

Patent #8,245,252

Cover of patent #8,245,252

Granted in 2012: “System, method, and computer program product for selective replacement of objectionable program content with less-objectionable content.”

Almost ten years after the initial filing, this patent was finally granted. The first inventor name listed ended up being someone who had nothing whatsoever to do with the technology (I’ve never met or spoken to her), but her husband paid the patent lawyers, so I guess I can’t complain too much.

Profile in Forbes Magazine

Cover of Forbes-2 Aug 1993

The Aug 2, 1993 issue of Forbes Magazine featured a profile of me written by Joseph R. Garber. I’m not a fan of the way they described the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and TDCA (Television Decoder Circuitry Act), as I’m a big supporter of both bills. Despite that, I thought the article was a good one.