Many of us deaf Mac users bought iSight so that we can communicate with each other, Patterson said.
The technology popular for deaf people has been two-way pagers, but obviously, using iChat and being able to talk in our own language is far better than sending text back and forth.
Patterson believes iChat AV will become a big hit in the deaf community because it provides a real-time image that can keep up with the speed of sign language and is easy to set up.
In the past, conducting a conversation using traditional nonvisual telecommunications tools like telephones and pagers was frustrating. Text messages or sign language conversations on jittery Web video screens were a pale substitute for a face-to-face exchange.