Hard of hearing



ource: Petra Bork/ pixelio.de

Wow! Today I read the following in a Dutch newspaper: Someone has developed a glove (see the original article http://motherboard.vice.com/read/this-smart-glove-translates-sign-language-to-text-and-speech) with which signlanguage can be translated into speech! Imagine: a deaf person using signlanguage with a good hearing person and with one push-button, the signs are translated into a spoken language! It goes without saying that the person who „listens“ to them does not have to learn sign language.

Unfortunately, the glove is still a prototype at the moment, but it is already investigated whether the translation of signlanguage into several languages is possible.
And the next prototype will have WiFi, which means it can send SMS and e-mails. A smaller version for children is also planned. The designer, Hadeel Ayoub, came up with the idea because she has an autistic niece who doesn’t speak the language and uses sign language.
And the future does not stand still… Apparently, scientists have now also found out how tinnitus (ear noises) is caused (http://motherboard.vice.com/read/now-we-know-what-causes-tinnitus-that-never-ending-ringing-in-your-ears?trk_source=popular). Although a cure is not yet in sight, it is the first step in this direction.

Likewise, Microsoft and the Chinese Academy of Sciences are investigating how signlanguage can be translated into text through a Kinect camera and software. The person on the other computer can then enter text, which in turn should be translated into signlanguage. The original text is unfortunately only in Dutch, but for those of you who understand this is here the link http://www.nu.nl/gadgets/3528110/kinect-laat-doven-via-gebarentaal-communiceren-met-computer.html
This development is also still in the test phase and not yet on the market. However, the results should be promising.

If that’s the future, I don’t mind at all! It is interesting and exciting to see how these developments continue and it certainly brings some hope for the future.
I wanted to share this information with you, although of course it does not mean that with so many aids you should not bother in the future to communicate with hearing impaired people!


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