Smart Bug radios have been in existence since 1998 and headquartered in Jefferson, Texas since 2007. Inventors and founders, Neil Christiansen and Dean Scrivens from Ponoka, Alberta decided there HAD to be a better way to listen to high-school hockey broadcasts while in attendance at the games – a Bug was born!
More than a decade later, we’ve been “discovered” as an alternative source for equipment needed to provide simultaneous language interpretation(s) in nearly any kind of setting – churches, public and private schools and universities, social service / social justice centers – pick a venue and we can help.
Smart Bug radios also offer tremendous economy to professional meeting planners and conference center directors having need for ADA and simultaneous interpretive services to offer their clients.
We “enhanced the fan experience” with educational and insightful commentary in multiple languages at the VANCOUVER 2010 Winter Olympics and Winter Paralympics, delighting curling, skating and sledge hockey fans while simultaneously providing descriptive-service and/or assistive-listening service in every venue. Smart Bugs have been used repeatedly at U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the Las Vegas-hosted Continental Cup curling event and the 2018 World Mens Curling Championships, with a long list of high school, collegiate and Olympic sport clients at venues ranging from BC Place in Vancouver, the Orleans Arena and Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas to small-school athletic facilities all over Texas. Smart Bugs offer a capable and inexpensive system with which to communicate to your bi-lingual audience and meet underserved ADA functions.
Providing simultaneous language interpretation to a multi-lingual audience is not only a courtesy but has become the standard within public schools, in churches, at social service and social justice centers all around the country. The need has far exceeded most budgets – until now. Smart Bugs are proven as an excellent alternative receiver, used with well-known and respected Listen Technologies’ transmitters. Interpreter and organizational clients can confidently reach far more of their audiences than before using Smart Bug radios.