Sign Language Ring Improves Communication
A new device which incorporates multiple rings and a bracelet is revolutionizing the way individuals communicate when sign language is involved. For deaf individuals, communication is often a difficult part of life. As the majority of the population is not capable of interpreting or using sign language, deaf individuals often need a translator or need to develop the ability to read lips. However, according to an article entitled, “New ring device ‘reads’ sign language out loud”, six designers from Asia University have developed the Sign Language Ring which will change the way deaf individuals communicate with the rest of the population.
The device works by ‘reading’ sign language movements and translating them into audio which is transmitted through the bracelet on the users wrist. If there is a verbal response from the receiver of the initial message, the bracelet will convert the spoken message into text which will appear on the screen of the bracelet.
Unfortunately, many individuals have reservations about the accuracy of the device. First, some people doubt the accuracy of the translations of the hand movements or the translations of the verbal messages of the person who is interacting with the deaf individual. Others claim that the device could cause misunderstandings because it will not register the tone of the speaker or important non-verbal cues such as body language. While the device may not be able to register tone, body language is something that a deaf individual should be able to pick up on simply by looking at the individual who they are interacting with.
Despite these potential drawbacks, the concept behind the device is unarguably ingenious. The fact of the matter is that there will inevitably be times in which a translator is not available to deaf individuals. In these situations, the Sign Language Ring would be an invaluable tool.