Renet Files Patent For New ReLANpro “Visual Pairing” Feature
May 5, 2010
Renet O/Y, whose range of electronic classrooms, ASL (American Signing Language) learning labs and language media labs has announced the release of a new and exciting function “Visual Pairing” that has been integrated into the VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) ReLANpro as a standard feature.
Visual Pairing is a new and unique feature for use in computer controlled VoIP Language Labs fitted with webcams. It allows teachers to pair students together in communicative two’s so that they can see each other as well as hear each other. Teachers can pair their students randomly as they wish (or side by side) and allow any student to see and talk to any other student.
This new feature allows students to practice ASL (American Sign Language) and TPRS (Total Physical Response Storytelling) ESL (English as a Second Language) ELL (English as a Learner language) with visual image identification. Students can show physical items to each other, i.e. written words in English or a foreign language, small objects for identification. Facial images can identify moods for interpretation by the paired student (i.e. feigned anger, sorrow, excitement, eagerness, wonder etc.). Students see themselves “live” in one video window and respond to their paired partner “live” in a second video window.
Until the advent of this new invention and methodology the “Pairing” feature of language labs of all types has only been performed on an “audio only” basis (listening and responding to your partner in an audio only fashion) The added visual capability will allow teachers to utilize the aforementioned teaching methodologies and techniques to improve and accelerate leaning for all language students, including ASL, ESL, TPRS, and general language acquisition.
The inventing engineer, Mr. Jani Lankinen, decided to patent the feature in the US due to its pedagogical value to ReLANpro prospects and existing customers (as the feature can be added to any existing ReLANpro) and to eliminate any onslaught of expected copycat manufacturers.