Mar 14, 2012

Software to convert sign language to text

The researchers are working on a new software programme that can translate the sign language into text that can be read on the computer screen. This new technology will be made available by the end of this year and it will surely change the way the deaf people communicate and also brighten their chances in the job market, claim the scientists.
The user’s hand movements or signals will be recorded using a normal camera and then these movements will be translated into written text by the programme in order to benefit the person who might not be able to understand the sign language.
The basic programme is known as Portable Sign Language Translator (PSLT) and the researchers are hoping to develop this into an application than can be used on laptops, PCs, smartphones, tablets and other portable devices.
This is developed by the scientists at Aberdeen University using a spin out technology known as Technabling. It can be used with a variety of sign languages including the British Sign Language (BSL) that is used by over 70,000 users in UK.
One of the researcher involved in this programme, James Christie is also partially deaf and is a sign language user. The PSLT will lower the communication barrier among those who are born deaf and those who have lost their hearing ability in the early stages of their life mainly group work, tutorials and other kinds of face to face situations.


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