Seeing that people with hearing disabilities in the Arabic speaking world rely heavily on the use of sign language to communicate, there is a critical need for the development of technology to provide sign language interpretation where human interpreters cannot always be present.
As such, a solution is required to provide people with hearing disabilities access to static and rich multimedia content (e.g. video, audio announcements, text, graphics, signage) through Augmented Reality.
The solution will enable people with hearing disabilities to access key information and partake in different activities in a more independent and equitable fashion.
Maryam is 24-year-old. She is deaf and uses sign language to communicate. Maryam is looking to use her smartphone to access information on static and digital signage in her everyday life.
Maryam is looking at a digital sign, with information written in Arabic. She cannot read the text.
Maryam uses the camera on her smartphone to activate an Augmented Reality sign language interpretation app to access the information found on the sign.
Once open, the app will identify and interpret the content of the signage and convert it to sign language.
The interpreted content will be presented to Maryam through a sign language avatar displayed on her smartphone or wearable device.
As a sign language user, Maryam is unable to read information found in static or text and rich multimedia-based mediums (e.g. audio, video, graphics, etc.) during her everyday life.
The inability to access crucial city information including public transportation schedules, navigation, events, points of interests, and emergency notifications can limit her ability to live independently and at times pose a safety hazard.
Expected Key Benefits
Text / Graphics to Sign Language
Translate key information that is being delivered to mass audiences through text and video into sign language (both Arabic and English).
Contextual Information Delivery
Based on the user’s live location, relevant contextual information (e.g. emergency notifications, alternative routes, etc.) can be pushed to the user in sign language.
Businesses and public sector organizations can use the solution to broadcast contextualized information in sign language, thereby targeting a niche customer base that is not traditionally accessed through conventional advertising mediums.
Technology Commercial Viability
Viable in Short Term
Viable in Long Term
Key Implementation Considerations
User identification and sign-on
Collection and synchronization of real-time data from multiple sources (e.g. transportation schedules, emergency response routes, etc.)
Identification and Instant / Real-time sign language translation of relevant data in alternative formats (e.g. text, audio, etc.)
Data collection policies
Intuitive Graphical User Interface