Huawei StorySign Android app launched that translates kids’ books into sign language

Huawei StorySign Android app launched that translates kids’ books into sign language

Huawei announced that a popular children's book called "Where's Spot?" will be included in the app from the get-go, and it is, and the app features a "friendly avatar", as the company calls it, an avatar that is named "Star", who is supposed to help entertain kids along the way.

This is a problem that desperately needs specialist interventions and that's why Huawei, in partnership with experts and charities like the European Union of the Deaf and the British Deaf Association, worked on the creation of StorySign.

Chinese technology giant Huawei has created the StorySign app, which uses the firm's own AI and a smartphone's camera to recognise words on a page and translate them into sign language on the phone's screen.

There are roughly around 32 million deaf children in the world and probably one of the most challenging things they have to deal with is learning how to interpret the words on a page without benefitting from the sound-based system children who can hear are using. "We're very hopeful that it will make a significant impact in the deaf community, helping more deaf children learn how to read at the same level as hearing children".

And Jo Campion at the National Deaf Children's Society also welcomed the launch of the app. "We also hope that the launch of StorySign will contribute to a broader debate on equity in all aspects of the lives of deaf people in Europe".

Huawei has just announced a new app, an app whose aim is to help deaf children enjoy books, basically.

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The StorySign app has been developed with an understanding of sign syntax to ensure a seamless translation and user experience.

The app, which the company released on Monday in 10 countries across Europe, is compatible with just a single book (Where's Spot?) at launch in the United Kingdom and works only on Android phones.

FOLLOW on Twitter for all the latest app news. Donations can be made via the StorySign campaign hub on the Huawei website throughout December.

Huawei's products and services are available in more than 170 countries, and are used by a third of the world's population, ranking second in the world for mobile phone shipments in 2017 Sixteen R&D centers have been set up in the United States, Germany, Sweden, Russia, India and China.

"With StorySign, Huawei is using the power of its AI and innovative technology in a meaningful way".

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