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Kenyan innovator invents smart hand gloves which turn sign language into audio speech

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A 25-year-old Kenyan innovator has earned global recognition with his invention of a smart hand gloves which are capable of converting sign language movements into audio speech.

Roy Allela, a technology evangelist, says the need to communicate with his 6-year-old niece, who was born deaf, inspired him to build the technology.

Allela is among 16 young Africans who have been shortlisted by The Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Prize for inventors from six countries to receive funding, training and mentoring for projects intended to revolutionize sectors from agriculture and science to women’s health.

The winner will be awarded Sh3.2 million (£25,000) while each of the three runners up will receive Sh1.2 million (£10,000).

According to Allela, his niece encountered difficulties while communicating with members of her family since none of them is conversant with sign language.

The smart gloves – dubbed Sign-IO – have flex sensors that are placed on each finger and have the capacity to quantify the bend of a finger and process the letter being signed.

Using Bluetooth, the gloves are connected to a mobile application, that Allela also developed, which then converts the sign into audio speech.

“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,” says Allela.

Allela said the speed at which the signs are vocalized is one of the most important aspects of the smart gloves.

“People speak at different speeds and it’s the same with people who sign – some are really fast, others are slow, so we integrated that into the mobile application so that it’s comfortable for anyone to use it,” he said.

Through the app, users are able to set the language, gender, and pitch of the audio voice, with accuracy results averaging 93 percent.

“It f!ghts the stigma a.ssociated with being deaf and having a speech impediment. If the gloves look cool, every kid will want to know why you have them on,” says Allela.

Allela’s innovation recently won the Hardware Trailblazer award from the prestigious American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) during its 2017 ASME Innovation Showcase (ISHOW) competition.

Allela says he is using the prize money from the award to make more accurate vocal predictions.

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 1 week ago '09        #2
TraV 79 heat pts79
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That'a dope as hell. Hope he got it patented. He can come up like crazy with this sh*t.
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 1 week ago '10        #3
The Insomniac 8 heat pts
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Shout out to Africa man!!!

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 1 week ago '17        #4
Letsgetit 
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How do I invest?
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 1 week ago '17        #5
Iduzdis 
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Of course.

Props to him.
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 1 week ago '13        #6
boopityboop 24 heat pts24
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I swear when the outside stops interfering and we get to elect our own government officials the world will be so different. There is untapped genius just waiting to be exposed but the opportunities never present themselves. Even when we see who is providing the grants it's sad. They just won't stop being who and what they are.

Shout out to the techies who are making things happen. That was a bittersweet read for damn sure.
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 1 week ago '18        #7
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The african brain drain continues. Britain gets to milk the best and the brightest of african talent for a mere 25k
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 1 week ago '16        #8
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#Blackfu*kinExcellence
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 1 week ago '15        #9
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That's crazy. Genius for sure.
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 1 week ago '07        #10
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he gonna get bought out ...just like the longgggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg list of others who invented great things in this world...that people give credit to another "hue"
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 1 week ago '18        #11
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Dope but with text to speech if you have a phone you don't need the gloves and you need a phone to use the gloves so... Still dope he was actually able to do this
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Top 10 most propped recently  1 week ago '05        #12
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 Negvagabon said
The african brain drain continues. Britain gets to milk the best and the brightest of african talent for a mere 25k
Right!! That tech is worth hundreds of millions.
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 7 days ago '18        #13
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And the brother is only 25
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 6 days ago '04        #14
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Nothing less than amazing
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 14 hrs ago '06        #15
Prince Ace 35 heat pts35
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excuse my ignorance but, is sign language universal or does it change with different languages?
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 13 hrs ago '18        #16
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Blaq techcellence
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 6 hrs ago '16        #17
AfroBucks88 34 heat pts34 OP
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 Prince Ace said
excuse my ignorance but, is sign language universal or does it change with different languages?
i think it differs from region, i know American and British sign language exists but not sure for other countries
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 5 hrs ago '06        #18
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 AfroBucks88 said
i think it differs from region, i know American and British sign language exists but not sure for other countries
'preciate it
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 4 hrs ago '12        #19
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Salute. Hope he gets guaped in
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