03 Apr 2012
Scientists at Technabling, an off-shoot company of the
University of Aberdeen, are developing new technology that is
capable of reading sign language and turning it into written words,
according to a report from the University of Aberdeen (March
If perfected, the portable sign language translator (PSLT) could
allow those withhearing lossto converse quickly on different
devices. It would read sign language movements using the camera on
equipment such as phones and laptops then an application, or app,
would immediately translate those movements into text.
PSLT technology developers hope that the device will
revolutionize the communication process for people who use sign
The main objective, according to Aberdeen University lecturer
and founder of Technabing, Dr Ernesto Compatangelo, is to improve
employment opportunities for young deaf people. However, the device
could benefit everyone who uses sign language, including those who
have experienced age-related hearing loss.
The product, which has been developed with the help of sign
language users, is anticipated to be available by 2013. It will not
only be able to use the British and American Sign Languages, but
will also have a customisable sign language option.
Commenting on the potential benefits of the development, Dr
Compatangelo said: "The aim of the technology is to empower sign
language users by enabling them to overcome the communication
challenges they can experience, through portable technology".
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