According to the World Federation of the Deaf, there are are about 70 million deaf people who use sign language as their first language or mother tongue. Beyond that, sign language is also the first language to many hearing and deaf-blind people. Unfortunately, there is a barrier between those who use sign language and the majority of people who donít understand the language.
A team of Ukranian students by the name of QuadSquad has been working on a project called ďEnable TalkĒ that will help solve this language barrier. After interacting with hearing-impaired athletes at their school, they got the brilliant idea to create a device that would help them to communicate better with the rest of the world.
The Enable Talk system is basically gloves equipped with flex sensors, touch sensors, gyroscopes and accelerometers. The gloves (which connect to smartphone via Bluetooth) are able to translate sign language into text and then text into spoken words using a text-to-speech engine.
Dead zones: Places where no animal can survive found in Atlantic Ocean 2015-05-04 20:42
A team of German and Canadian marine biologists have for the first time ever witnessed so-called ‚Äėdead zones‚Äô in the Atlantic Ocean ‚Äď places where no life can thrive, owing to there being almost no dissolved oxygen in the water.
Zones depleted of oxygen do exist in nature and have previously been discovered along populated coastal areas off the eastern and ...
'Becoming Us' follows teen adjusting to parent's gender transition 2015-05-04 20:03
Ben, from Evanston, Ill. is your typical 17-year-old. He goes to school, hangs out with his girlfriend, and enjoys spending time with his family. But there's something unique about Ben's situation: His father is becoming a woman.
Ben and his father are the subject of the new ABC Family docuseries Becoming Us. From Ryan Seacrest Productions, Becoming Us centers on Ben, ...
What backing up your home with Tesla‚Äôs battery might be like 2015-05-04 20:41
Late Thursday, Tesla unveiled a suite of new battery products for homes, business, and even utility scale applications. The home product, dubbed the Tesla Powerwall, will store either 10 kilowatt-hours worth of energy (for $ 3,500) or 7 kilowatt-hours (for $3,000).
Importantly, though, these costs do not include the cost of installing the battery or the cost of a power inverter, meaning that what a ...
The US Has Created a Self-Steering Bullet 2015-05-04 20:29
Now, war will become even more dangerous when going up against the U.S. In a terrifying development, the US has managed to create self-steering bullets.
Agency officials from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have announced that they have developed the technology to improve even the worst shot within the military.
They were able to demonstrate this when they showed that ...
Good War . . . Better Peace 2015-05-04 18:47
(to help celebrate the upcoming 7oth Anniversary of the end of the ‚ÄúGood War‚ÄĚ and the beginning of the ‚ÄúGood Peace,‚ÄĚ I offer the following from my books, Hellstorm‚ÄĒThe Death of Nazi Germany, 1944-1947, and Rape Hate‚ÄĒSex & Violence in War & Peace.)
And so, with the once mighty German Army now disarmed and enslaved in May, 1945, and with their ...