Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is rapidly becoming the telephony solution for businesses looking to reduce IT costs, enhance their phone capabilities and improve productivity. Due to enhanced features VoIP offers, there are some surprising uses for the technology that are unexpected. Here are four we have found..
Parkinson’s Voice Initiative
Created by mathematician Max Little, the Parkinson’s Voice Initiative combines the cloud functions of VoIP with voice recognition software and algorithms which can actually help diagnose patients with Parkinson’s Disease. Little created a survey which patients answer over the phone and the software accurately detects the presence of Parkinson’s and other motor function issues through voice modulations which are changed from normal due to the illness.
Relationship and Depression Counseling
Counselors are turning to VoIP services in some cases to counsel couples that cannot stand to be in the same room with each other to sort out their problems. Due to video access across VoIP systems the sessions are held online and the individuals are able to participate without physically being in the same room.
For people suffering from depression and disorders that make it difficult or impossible to leave their homes, this option is also becoming increasingly popular.
Affordable Prison Calls
ColdCribCommunications.com is a VoIP services provider with a unique mission. When family members are in prison the fees for phone calls to their loved ones are exorbitant, making it difficult for low-income families to speak to their loved ones while incarcerated. ColdCribCommunications.com provides the opportunity for families to stay in touch for greatly reduced fees over the regular collect calls. A typical 15-minute call can cost as much as $18.00 and the VoIP service charges $2.36.
Online dating is certainly not a surprising use of technology; the surprise comes from the actual date occurring over VoIP systems. Combining video and voice through VoIP systems like Skype, people are using this as a means of getting the first date over with. It is unsure whether time constraints or shyness are the factors causing this new trend.
- VoIP systems save time, money, and increase productivity.
- Combining VoIP technologies and attributes can help diagnose medical issues.
- VoIP systems can aid in treatment of disorders which make leaving the home difficult for patients.
- Counseling can be done across VoIP platforms, especially in relationship situations where people cannot be in the same room.
- VoIP services can make previously unaffordable phone calls accessible to lower-income families.
- The use of VoIP is making an appearance in dating, replacing real-life meet-ups.