October 28th, 2014
On Thursday, October 16, we gathered with the Rochester Deaf community at Lovin’ Cup to re-define lights. We were warmly welcomed and for RIT alums CEO Jarrod Musano and CUX Wayne Betts, Jr., it was like coming home.
Lovin’ Cup is an artsy cafe located on RIT campus. The assistant manager there also happened to be a Convo interpreter! Working with the Lovin’ Cup staff to make Re-defining Lights happen was a wonderful experience and their food was divine. They also served Convo cappuccinos. Call us biased, but we thought that they looked really cool.
All of us had such a grand time meeting new faces and catching up with old ones that it was almost difficult to get the show started! Once Wayne took the stage, however, everyone immediately averted their eyes to the living room setup, ready to see how lights would be re-defined.
“Who here still has a lightbulb that looks like a fire alarm when it gets incoming calls?” Wayne asked the crowd. Dozens of arms shot up.
For something that had such a tremendous value to the Deaf community, our lighting technology has been incredibly limiting… until now. Wayne proceeded to introduce a better solution for our ringing experience: Convo Lights.
“I always thought that my ideal ringing solution belonged to the world of The Jetsons, but then Philips came out with Hue. That technology allowed our dreams to become real,” Wayne said. “Our team designed Convo Lights with our lifetimes of Deaf experiences. We knew when the design felt right.”
Wayne shared a story that happened when he and Jarrod flew to The Netherlands for Philips Innovation Experience Expo recently. After giving Convo Lights demos, he had a hearing person come up to him and ask if he could have Convo Lights for himself. Wayne told him that the technology was available for Deaf people only.
“It was the first time the Deaf community was ahead in technology,” Wayne mused.
We wanted to share the joy we experienced with Convo Lights, so we had three giveaways! Congratulations to the winners that night: Karen Bieter, Sarah Gordon, and Lorne Farovitch.
Rochester, thank you for being wonderful! We hope you had an illuminating time re-defining lights with us. We know we did.
Learn more about Convo Lights at convorelay.com/lights.