Taroudant, Morocco - A Moroccan student engineer at the “Ecole des Mines de Nancy” in France, invented “HandSpeaker,” a translation device for sign language, which is composed of a pair of gloves and a mobile application that translates the sign language into speech.
Taroudant, Morocco – A Moroccan student engineer at the “Ecole des Mines de Nancy” in France, invented “HandSpeaker,” a translation device for sign language, which is composed of a pair of gloves and a mobile application that translates the sign language into speech.
Salah Ghamizi, 21, along with a group of six student engineers, is developing an innovative project designed to encourage new communication tools for the deaf.
Using sensors positioned on the digital glove, HandSpeaker translates the signals into spoken words by sending signals to the smartphone, which analyzes the motion of the glove, and transcribes them into words and phrases by a voice box.
In a video presentation of the project, Salah Ghamizi said, “Hand-Speaker’s sensors can detect and locate precisely the position of fingers and joints.”
“The smartphone receives information and analyzes it, and then it determines phrases and word uttered by the interlocutor,” the Moroccan student added.
The main purpose of this project is to “reduce the unemployment rate of people with severe hearing loss by promoting their integration” said Tracy Rival, Communications Manager at Hand-speaker.
after winning the National Award of “entrepreneurial,” “Startem” price and the Bank of France contest “Créactiv’Est”, the project “Hand-speaker” has been selected among the 23 French finalists to participate in the “World Cup,” organized by Enactus, scheduled to take place in October 2014 in Beijing, with the participation of38 countries
In the context of the Moroccan innovation in the field of technology, it is worth noting that three Moroccan engineering students from “L’Ecole Marocaine des Sciences de l’Ingénieur” (EMSI) (the Moroccan School for Engineering Sciences) in Rabat have represented Morocco at the world semi-final of Microsoft’s “Imagine Cup,” an international competition for innovative technology, with their groundbreaking project, “Redsilence.”
The Moroccan team’s project, “Red Silence,” is a small robot that “helps individuals lacking motor functions and speech ability to communicate and express their feelings and what’s on their minds.”
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