The Bell Telephone Company has developed a new instrument aimed at helping handicapped people dial numbers.
SV Voice-operated telephone on desk
SV Man talks at telephone
CU Numbers called by man registering on clock
CU Man orders telephone "Dial that number".
SV Telephone dials number in response to instruction, and man talks to person on other end (4 shots)
SV & CU Technician tests telephone (2 shots)
"For the handicapped the difficulty in dialling a telephone may be overcome by special devices which use the voice as a trigger.
"One, three, five...."
After starting this unit which is being developed by Bell Laboratories, the caller speaks the numbers he wants.
"Five, One, Two, Four..." "Dial that number"
The sounds are changed to electrical pulses which operate the device. The system stores a number in its memory and dials it on command.
Initials BB/2350 TA/BOB/BB/2358
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Background: The Bell Telephone Company has developed a new instrument aimed at helping handicapped people dial numbers.
The new device works on electrical impulses which trigger a telephone memory bank, capable of storing numbers for an indefinite period.
This film, from the Bell Telephone Company, shows the new telephone being demonstrated and includes sound of the electrical system operating.