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Kenyan youth invents smart handglove turning sign language into audio speech

A 25 years old Kenyan youth, Roy Allela has invented a smart hand glove that turns sign language to audio speech.

This new technology uses Bluetooth which is empowered by android phones and a mobile app which helps to decode the sign language to audio speech.

If you are not a master of Braille or sign language communication becomes very difficult between you and a blind or deaf person.

Roy was triggered towards this invention when he found it difficult to communicate with his 6 years old niece who was deaf from birth.

 This technology has earned him a global recognition and also gotten a score of 93% in terms of accuracy

Communication with impaired people is something that the world is trying to work on but it’s not forthcoming easily, more so struggling nations.

These gadgets are controlled using a special mobile application (Sign-IO) which gives the persons using the device an interactive platform where they can customize audio feedback.

Roy said, “My niece wears the gloves, pairs them to her phone or mine, then starts signing and I’m able to understand what she’s saying.”

He went on to explain that the same speed people use to speak is same with that of sign language and that is what was composed into mobile app to make it convenient for use.

Roy won the Hardware Trailblazer award from the prestigious American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in 2017, with this invention.

Roy is one of the 16 young Africans who have been nominated by The Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Prize for inventors from six countries that are to benefit from training, funding and mentoring for projects intended to change the agriculture and health sectors.

Winners in the competitions will be awarded N9.6 million in funding and three runners up will be funded to a tune of N3.6 million each.

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