Over 5% of the world’s population- 430 million people- require rehabilitation to address their ‘disabling’ hearing loss. Signapse are developing artificial intelligence solutions for people who want access to real-time sign language translation and interpretation. Signapse is an exciting and fast-growing funded start up bring AI and sign language together. They are a team of Deaf and hearing people; entrepreneurs, engineers, and researchers with a dedication to ensuring that organisations provide great access for Deaf people. This life changing AI technology is grounded in world-leading computer vision research developed at the University of Surrey and is currently being trialled with a number of major global brands.
How it works
When the content is translated into sign language, a synthetic signer will appear at the bottom of the page, translating audio, text, and video for users. The synthetic signers are all based on actual video footage of translators who are compensated each time their image is used commercially.
What they’re developing
- Broadcast- providing synthetic signers for use in broadcast media platforms. Signapse’s technology reduces production costs, provides a consistent appearance, and enabled anonymisation for the interpreter if they choose.
- Transport- providing automatic announcements using the latest artificial intelligence techniques. At a fraction of the cost, at train stations, airports, and more, both regular and emergency announcements can be made in sign language.
- Accessibility- providing a consistent appearance to translated content via their synthetic signer technology. Signapse’s pioneering technology provides accessibility to an audience of up to 80,000 Deaf people.