WOW! ENGINEER INVENTS GLOVES THAT TURN SIGN LANGUAGE INTO AUDIBLE SPEECH

Roy Allela, an engineer and inventor from Kenya, has found the ultimate solution to bridging he communication barrier deaf and hearing people.  He has invented the Sign-IO gloves that can translate signed hand movements to audible speech so deaf people can “talk” even to those who don’t understand sign language.

The gloves are connected via Bluetooth to an Android app that Allela also invented which uses a text-to-speech function to convert the gestures to vocal speech.

Allela was inspired to create the gloves because he and his family struggled to communicate with his 6-year old niece who was born deaf.  “My niece wears the gloves, pairs them to her phone or mine, then starts signing and I am able to understand what she’s saying.  

The young inventor, who also works for Intel and teaches data science at Oxford university, first launched the gloves at a special needs school in rural Migori county, south-west Kenya.  His intent is for them to be available for special needs children to assist as many deaf or hearing-impaired children as possible.

The Sign-IO gloves are still in the prototype phase of development but it has already received awards and prize money which helped him further improve the invention.

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