Deafness is not being able to hear anything. So how do deaf people communicate? There is an estimate that 500,000-2 million people use ALS (American Sign Language) on a daily basis. This is a way the deaf communicate by using hand gestures. There are many other people with normal hearing that don’t understand or communicate with ALS. Researchers at Texas A&M University have been developing a device that can translate sign language to English so deaf people can easily communicate with other people.
When I was younger I had a particular interest in ASL. When I was in third grade I took an after school course and my mom signed me up for a summer camp dedicated to learning the basic sign language gestures. I learned the value and importance of it. And as I was scrolling through the articles, this one in particular caught my attention because of my personal connections and experience with ASL. The article describes how they attached sensors to a person's arm that calculates their movement and sends a code to the computer to translate the movement to English. The device is still in process and the computer only knows 40 hand signals which means it still has thousands of gestures to learn.
I think that this development is very important and that more people should know about this. Communication is the most important thing we use as humans in our everyday lives. There are many people who go without hearing but those people are ruled out by everyone else with normal hearing. Since non deaf people can hear then why should they bother learning ASL? With this development deaf people will have the ability to communicate with almost anyone. This helps with countless amount of things but most importantly, it allows deaf people to become more active in their social lives and it opens up more opportunities for them. Everyone should be able to have opportunities socially based and opens up more opportunities for particular career interest. this development could change the world forever.
Bussing, Kim. “Smart Device Translates American Sign Language to English.” DOGO Newa ASL. © 2015 DOGO Media, Inc., 30 Oct. 2015. Web. 18 Jan. 2016. <https://www.dogonews.com/2015/10/30/smart-device-translates-american-sign-language-to-english>.