I recently became aware of a cell phone app that would perhaps revolutionize the way the deaf community interacts with the hearing world. The app called “hand talk” was developed in Brazil. It allows text, images, and voice to be converted into sign language. The sign language is then displayed on the cell phone screen using an avatar.
I can see how this bridges the gap between these two worlds. As I have friends who are deaf and I find that they find it frustrating at times that I don’t know sign language. As of right now, it appears that this app is only available in Libes the Brazilian sign language. To learn more, click here. I thought it was just an interesting concept that was worth sharing. What are your thoughts on this?