In 2008, as a university student, Ronaldo Tenório came up with an idea for a tool to overcome the barrier between the deaf and the hearing and to improve communication between those who can hear and those who cannot. But at the time he lacked resources and technology to make it happen.
In 2012, Tenório, teamed up with two other entrepreneurs to develop the idea with a platform for automatic translation of sign language. It works with Hugo, a friendly 3D interpreter that made it possible for the translations to be accessible with a variety of tools.
In 2013, the app for smartphones and tablets, which automatically converts sign language, was finally launched. The app lets people write, speak and even take photographs (www.handtalk.me/app).
Unfortunately, for now the app only works with Portuguese.
Read more about Hand Talk here.