Researchers at the University of Aberdeen have developed a technology that understands sign language and can be used to translate it into text. The system uses a digital camera to record hand movements made by sign language users, and immediately translates them into text which is displayed on a portable device such as a mobile phone.
The technology, which the university hopes will be ready for the market by 2013, could significantly improve the lives of deaf people. Increased ability to communicate could improve their prospects in education and employment, while the portable nature of the technology means it could be carried on a daily basis to help with everyday tasks.
The technology has a a lot of relevance to various areas of the ITGS syllabus, including Health, the Digital Divide and Equality of Access, and of course the hardware and software fundamentals topics.
Source: BBC article