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Translator for sign language

Currently there is a campaign running at Indiegogo collecting money for a tablet with a sign language translation system to support deaf people. Motionsavvy is the startup company (link below). The tablet has a camera detecting sign language and the software translates sign language into speech and into text. On the tablet’s display the user is sees the own hand movements to help them to communicate. The system is described as intelligent with the ability to learn the users specific style of sign language.

The gesture recognition is said to be based on Leap Motion. As applicable for all systems relying on camera information, it still is a challenge for gesture recognition systems to work under different lighting conditions. A supporting point for the system is that camera technology in phones did already improve greatly in the last years. As I’m not an expert in that technology nor do I know sign language I can’t tell for sure about other challenges. I found some concerning grammar and meaning. However, the team of developers consists of passionate deaf people Who else than the users themselves would develop a system tailored to their needs.

According to the website the system is based on the American Sign Language (ASL). It would be great if different sign language alphabets could be just downloaded and installed on the device, like language packages on a PC. They have an eye on it as future development. The next development step is already in focus for team Motionsavvy. They want to integrate the system into mobile phones. A tablet is a good start to integrate the system into an everyday object. However, tablets are not so handy to be taken everywhere outside because of their size, but with a mobile phone the users would have a real good option to take it wherever they are – like a child to the playground.

Here is the link, have a look yourself:


Or to the project’s homepage directly:



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