New Software Allows Sign Language To Be Translated Into Text

Turn the dream of sign language translation into a reality, with a little help from technology.

Research scientists in Scotland have come up with innovative software that claims to be able to translate hand movements into readable computer text. Known as Technabling, the spin-out company of the University of Aberdeen is proud to present the revolutionary new interpretation facility.

Regarded as the first known case in history to develop such technology allowing sign language translation, researchers say that the software will be available on portable devices and permit its users to tailor sign language towards their own specific needs.

Lecturer in Computing Science at the University of Aberdeen, and founder and director of Technabling, Dr Ernesto Compatangelo, explained: "The aim of the technology – known as the Portable Sign language Translator (PSLT) - is to empower sign language users by enabling them to overcome the communication challenges they can experience, through portable technology."

"The user signs into a standard camera integrated into a laptop, netbook, smartphone or other portable device such as a tablet. Their signs are immediately translated into text which can be read by the person they are conversing with.

"The intent is to develop an application - an app in smartphone terms - that is easily accessible and could be used on different devices including smartphones, laptops and PCs."

According to Eureka, Dr Compatangelo hopes to make the PSLT compatible with British Sign Language and Makaton, with the software expected to debut sometime next year.