The most important part of our system is the ease of use in seeing the words and hearing the words on a standard NTSC TV monitor and speakers to play the disc, as some consumers may have limited abilities or computer skills. Originally, in the United States, karaoke was only available on laser discs with analog sound. This technology was replaced by the CD+G format, however in most cases, the resolution is limited to 720 lines of resolution, and a special CD+G player is required. Due to technical advances, we feel this format is becoming obsolete, as most of these discs are low grade in picture quality and sound. The disadvantage of this player is that to show the lyrics on a screen, as the CD+G format is not used on most consumer products. Therefore, with a standard DVD/CD player, no words are displayed, and so only the audio portion is utilized.
To play our karaoke songs, we have decided on a standard Region 1 encoded DVD (North America), instead of Region 0 (worldwide), to help with copyright protection. These discs can be played on any Blue Ray, standard DVD player, or computer with no special player needed. The karaoke video songs listed on each DVD are 720p or1080p resolution, H.254 Codec On each karaoke disc, there will a ‘standard’ karaoke version with the lead vocals removed on each song. In addition, there will also be a vocal version of the same karaoke song where lead vocals will be studio-recorded and edited. This method can act as a guide, before the individual(s) may singalong to practice before attempting the karaoke version (without the lead vocals). For certain disorders on an individual use as opposed to a group therapy setting, there will be a third, Word Skillz version (see step #2). This version of the song will be unique, as key words will be missing in the karaoke video, which will interact with the memory card of the selected song. This unique feature will add to aid in adding cognitive enjoyment for the individual to test their skills of the songs they are using in therapy.
The Singing Plus – Word Skillz™ program will be targeted for all age groups, however the focus is for use of the system for aid in various disorders. The planned design for autistic spectrum disorder will be used as an example of how the unique properties are implemented to increase aid of our method. Fortunately, autism is treatable, however care in any aid must be taken, as certain sounds or images can trigger a negative reaction. Our original list of karaoke songs for autistic children were carefully selected by a St. Petersburg, Fl., music therapist who is actively using these songs in therapy, and are proven beneficial for the disorder. From this main list, with the assistance of Crystal A. (a local, strong community supporter of autism awareness, & child psychology minor), the list was modified to include our first release of songs. Shortly after, a second release for Autistic young adults (HS – age 24) will be released. This list was from requested karaoke songs for a July, 2017 performance of Captain Karaoke, and will include some of the group’s personally selected favorite songs.
All features of the videos used in the DVD are selected to be calming and complimentary to increasing comprehension. Instead of a standard background and low resolution lettering displayed on the screen, our DVD will may offer background videos that will help capture focus on the TV or monitor. In addition, the typestyles and colors of the lyrics scrolling on the screen may be modified for reducing stress, and allowing more focus with comfort. Our society misunderstands that many of those afflicted with this disorder have perfect pitch, however, the Singing Plus system understands, and as specified, should reinforce the positive effects.
The features of each series are specifically designed to that disorder to stimulate the brain and build synaptic bridges. For any music compositions that are not public domain, all legal copyright clearances will be made by the inventor or authorized parties prior to general release.