Sign Language to Speech
A large barrier that we face in our world today is the barrier of language. To communicate with a person from another culture who speaks another language is trying for both parties. Now, put a man or women with a disability that permits them from being able to speak or listen properly. Unfortunately, that barrier is a reality for many people in our world. Thankfully, we have people in our world who are dedicated to helping these people with disabilities. Hadeel Ayoub is a student at the University of London, and he has built a prototype smart glove that will translate sign language into speech. This glove has the ability to take sign language and display it as text or produce dialogue.
The first thing to think about when a thing like this emerges is the practicality of it. Although it offers a great service, is it something that would be impractical in everyday life? That is the importance of building something like this, with such big potential. People wont want to wear a 10-pound glove around all day. Hadeel notes this as he says, “People tend to lean to the cautious side when approached with new high-tech products which contradicts the main purpose of this glove, which is to help make lives easier.” (Hadeel). By doing this, Hadeel is trying to continue to make the glove better by making a lighter version for kids, and overall compatibility to all users.
This is a Segway to my next point about compatibility. In this day in age, a big portion of why people buy the products they do. I continue to buy Apple products because my music is linked through Apple and all my friends have Apple devices. Life is just easier with things work together. Hadeel understands this fully. Charlie Osborne, the author of the article, comments on this by saying, “Hadeel is now working on a version of the device that will include an accompanying smartphone application, which will receive the glove's output through Wi-Fi.” (Osborne). On top of this Hadeel is hoping to go one step further with his invention as he is attempting to create it so the glove will “allow for real-time translation in multiple languages” (Osborne).
Hadeel Ayoub has his hands on something beautiful that has the capability of affecting millions around the world in a positive way. Something that wasn’t really mentioned in the article was his plans for production in the future, and the importance of signing on with a large company. Osborne touches on this subject by mentioning the price of buying the prototype, however the information should go further than that. These types of products are so vital to our society that this young man should be set up with a company that will properly handle the mass production of it. All in all, this was a great piece, and shows great hope for the future.
Osborne, Charlie. "Student's Smart Glove Converts Sign Language into Text and Speech - CNET." CNET. CNET, 1 Oct. 2015. Web. 01 Oct. 2015.