converting text into sign language

Sometimes I can be jealous of somebody else’s idea. You know what I mean? For instance, when you hear or read about some brilliant idea and you wish it was you who came up with that.

I had that feeling of envy listening to BBC’s podcast Digital Planet on july 9th.

A group of researchers in the Czech Republic has been developing software that might allow people with hearing impairments to hear classic books and, potentially, conversation.

They’ve done it by representing sign language on the screen of a pocket PC – and made it easy for the user to convert key words and phrases into signing.

Now there is good example of making use of technology in our daily lives. It’s such a simple idea really and wonderful at the same time. In the same BBC podcast, Gareth Mitchell takes us to Cedia, the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association. Technology is here designed to make life easier and more enjoyable, but in a totally different way than the conversion-software of the Czech researchers. In Cedia technology is used to let people enjoy music everywhere in their homes, and make use of touch screens to control televisions, lights and dvd players.

I may be a softie, but I prefer the idea of using technology in a more educational way.



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