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Condensed from HearingReview.com – AT&T and Gallaudet University collaborated to develop a 5G-connected football helmet, designed to make the game more inclusive by enhancing on-field communication for student-athletes who use American Sign Language. The helmet was used for the first time during Gallaudet’s home game against Hilbert College on Oct. 7, 2023. “We’re always exploring ways to use our expertise in connectivity to advance the way coaches, athletes and fans experience the game,” AT&T says. The helmet will allow coaches on the sideline to send plays from a tablet to a lens inside the helmet. The quarterback wearing the helmet will receive the play in augmented reality on the digital display located within the visor. AT&T 5G provides the reliability and low latency for plays to be sent and received at a speed that keeps up with the pace of the game. “We work out, practice, and compete the same way as every other college football program,” says Coach Chuck Goldstein, head football coach, Gallaudet University. “The difference between coaching a hearing team compared to a Deaf team is first the communication.” By displaying the coach’s play through augmented reality (AR), this technology eliminates a gap for deaf and hard-of-hearing athletes and reduces miscommunication and unwarranted penalties, according to the organizations. The applications for a 5G-connected helmet have reached beyond college football and could open possibilities of inclusion for any sport that requires helmets, according to the organizations. “We are proving that connecting changes everything,” says Corey Anthony, senior vice president of network engineering and operations at AT&T. “Our expertise in connectivity combined with Gallaudet’s legacy of breaking down barriers has created a helmet that not only transforms the way deaf and hard of hearing athletes engage in sports but opened up endless possibility for innovation.”*

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