App of the Day: converting sign language into text

An app is being developed for the deaf community to translate sign language into text. The plan is for this software to be available on smartphones and tablets, allowing for instant, on-the-go translation.

According to Dr. Ernesto Compatangelo, a lecturer in computing science at the University of Aberdeen:

The aim of the technology - known as the Portable Sign Language Translator (PSLT) - is to empower sign language users by enabling them to overcome the communication challenges they can experience, through portable technology.

One of the most innovative and exciting aspects of the technology is that it allows sign language users to actually develop their own signs for concepts and terms they need to have in their vocabulary, but they may not have been able to express easily when using BSL.

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