Czech developers of a company Iterait are working on an app called Here-o, which will be able to translate sign language into a text or a speech in real time. This app is first of its kind and its potential is enormous. Here-o could help millions of deaf people around the world with everyday mundane tasks such as calling a friend or ordering food at a restaurant. Development of this kind of app requires collecting thousands of hours of people signing in American and Czech sign languages, that will be the first two languages translated. ‚Data will be used to train Artificial Intelligence, which will eventually de facto understand sign language and moreover will be able to improve its skills gradually. This process is similar to our way of learning,’ says Petr Belohlavek, co-founder of the company and machine learning specialist. ‘Until now, apps required either a special glove to operate, or at least three cameras connected to computer that would shoot the signing person. That kind of solution is too complicated and also non-transferable,’ adds Adam Blazek, founder and CEO of Iterait. Development of Here-o will be supported by crowdfunding campaign, which aims to raise 150 thousands USD that will be used to cover expensive data collection. App should be ready to download by middle of 2020 for free, available to Android and iOS as well.
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