25-Year-Old From Kenya Invented Smart Gloves That Convert Sign Language Into Audio Speech

25-Year-Old From Kenya Invented Smart Gloves That Convert Sign Language Into Audio Speech

Over 30 million people around the globe have speech impairments and are facing difficulties when it comes to communicating with people who do not know sign language. 25-year-old Roy Allela, an ambitious technology enthusiast from Kenya, saw this issue, and it paved the way to his newest invention. Roy currently works at Intel and tutors data science at Oxford University. He has invented smart gloves that convert sign language movements into audio speech.


Having recognized this need, Roy was inspired to create a tool which would ease communication. This is how the idea of smart gloves came to fruition. They're called Sign-IO and have flex sensors on each finger. The sensors quantify the bend of the fingers and process the letter being signed. The gloves are connected to an app via Bluetooth, that then vocalizes the letters.


The young innovator also added that his niece is very good at lip reading, so she can understand what her uncle is saying. Roy has already introduced the gloves to a special needs school in a rural area of south-west Kenya. The feedback from the users helped to understand which part of the tool needed improvement, which was the speed at which the language is converted.


The users of the app can pick their language, gender and even pitch of the vocalization. The accuracy of results is 93 percent. The audio isn't the only customizable aspect of the gloves they can be designed in any possible way – from Spider-Man gloves to princess ones. Roy says that it helps to fight the stigma of being deaf and having a speech impediment – if the gloves look cool, every child will want to know why you have them on.


The tech genius is using the prize money to improve the app and implement more accurate vocal predictions. He hopes to place at least two pairs of gloves in each special needs school in Kenya and believes they could help millions of children with hearing or speech disabilities all over the world.


More info: royallela.com


25-Year-Old From Kenya Invented Smart Gloves That Convert Sign Language Into Audio Speech

25-Year-Old From Kenya Invented Smart Gloves That Convert Sign Language Into Audio Speech

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25-Year-Old From Kenya Invented Smart Gloves That Convert Sign Language Into Audio Speech

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25-Year-Old From Kenya Invented Smart Gloves That Convert Sign Language Into Audio Speech

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  1. He has invented smart gloves that convert sign language movements into audio speech. 220-1002 exam dumps

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  2. Well done Roy, your gloves are the gift of technology and these technological advancement has made many opportunities for the people and make the world more advance than before. If we do career building in this realm we may get more success in the future and it may decrease the crisis of the world as well.

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