New app revolutionises the way we communicate!


We’ve just been told that the new app set to revolutionise hearing impaired communication will be due for release next year!

The Portable Sign Language Translator is an innovative software application that hopes to transform the way people with hearing and speech difficulties interact with one another and the wider community.

The app will work as a high tec translating tool converting British Sign Language movements into written text form. It will be functional from most mobiles and laptops with camera capability. Using an extensive library of digital gesture recognition the app will convert the image captured on camera and rapidly render the gestures into written, comprehensive text.

It is believed that the device will prove unobtrusive and widely deployable in the most common situations of daily life. What’s more, additional, more specialised libraries of BSL gestures will also be available to accommodate specific scenarios including specialised discourse, regional dialects and foreign sign languages.

The ambition is certainly tremendous and development of the app has by no means been plain sailing. As speakers of BSL know, the language is designed to convey general meanings in the shortest time possible. It is as a result of that very same design that BSL lacks the subtlety and expressiveness of spoken and written words. The differences between signed and written language are often ones of grammar and context, so while a sentence like “Me go to the cinema” is understandable, the app creators at Technabling hope to avoid even these minor inaccuracies.

The benefits may also be felt by a wider audience, in particular those training in BSL. Until now, these learners have required a sign language expert in front of them to teach and monitor progress. This has often been a problem due to the scarcity of qualified teachers, and the subsequent costs and travel involved. But with the PSLT learners will be able to practice and correct themselves whenever and wherever they like.

But perhaps the most profound gains will be experienced by deaf learners wishing to enter subject areas previously precluded to them due to poor teacher/student interaction. With the PSLT it is hoped that a new level of communication will be possible and BSL users will be able to “level the playing field” and take advantage of one-on-one knowledge exchanges with experts and academics alike.

The implications are certainly phenomenal, opening up a whole new world of interaction and development for those who suffer hearing and speech impairments. Here at PC Werth we look forward to seeing it in action!

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