In recent years, tech companies have made massive strides in bringing real-time language-recognition software to smart devices around the world, but SignAll is a startup that's trying to do the same for a language that has been mostly ignored. The Hungarian company is working to bring real-time translation of America Sign Language (or ASL) to the technology world.
ASL poses unique challenges for language translation. As opposed to oral languages, it consists entirely of visual cues, and it has no written counterpart whatsoever. This means that microphones need to be replaced with cameras that can identify both manual components (i.e hand movements) and the more subtle facial expressions that help to communicate grammatical meaning.
SignAll uses a combination of computer vision and natural language processing to translate ASL into English in real-time, thus easing barriers that many deaf people face in society at large.
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