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Smart gloves for sign to speech translation
  Kenyan inventor creates smart gloves able to translate sign language into audio speech. A young inventor from Kenya, Roy Allela, has developed a revolutionary technology that has the potential to change the lives of millions of people around the world. As a tech enthusiast and data science tutor at Oxford University, Roy has invented smart gloves called Sign-IO that are designed to make communication with the deaf community effortless. Currently, over 300 sign languages are spoken by approximately 70 million people worldwide. Unfortunately, only a small proportion of people understand sign language, creating a significant barrier between the deaf community and the rest of the world. Roy was inspired to create the gloves after experiencing first-hand how difficult it was to communicate with his six-year-old niece, who was born deaf. "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," Roy explained in a recent interview. The gloves use flex sensors on each finger to convert sign language movements into audio speech. The sensors quantify the bend of the fingers and process the letters being signed. Once synced to an app via Bluetooth, the movements are converted into letters, simplifying the communication process on both sides. Approximately 70 million people worldwide have some form of hearing impairment, and sign language is the most effective way to communicate with the deaf community. However, only a small proportion of people understand sign language, creating a significant barrier between the deaf community and those who do not. Roy's invention aims to solve this problem. "People speak at different speeds, and it's the same with people who sign, so we integrated that into the mobile application so that it's comfortable for anyone to use it," he said. The gloves have caught the attention of multiple publications and won an American Society of Mechanical Engineers award. Roy has also introduced the invention to special needs schools in rural areas in Kenya to make it easier for teachers to understand their students. Through the app, users can pick their native language and even the vocalization pitch. The results are also 93% accurate, according to Roy. Roy's passion for modern technology has changed lives-literally. His invention has the potential to revolutionize communication with the deaf community and bridge the gap between them and the rest of the world.