Roy Allela’s six-year-old niece was born deaf and found it extremely hard to communicate with her family, none of whom knew sign language, Business Insider reports.
The need to connect with his niece inspired Roy to invent smart gloves that convert sign language movements into audio speech.Sign-io’s sign language-to-speech translation glove recognizes various letters signed by sign language users and transmits the data to an Android application where it is vocalized.
His achievement was recognized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the world’s largest organization for mechanical engineers, during its 2017 ASME Innovation Showcase (ISHOW) competition.
Roy and two other African inventors – one each from Uganda and Ghana – took home the Grand Prize in the second of three regional showcase events.
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