Periodic Reporting for period 2 - SiMAX (SiMAX - The Sign Language Avatar)
Reporting period: 2018-09-01 to 2020-02-29
In order to make information accessible to the deaf, companies, the media, public authorities, etc. must have it translated into sign language. Conventional methods of translation with interpreters in film studios are time-consuming and expensive.
Sign Time's goal is to develop a semi-automated sign language translation system and make it available as a cloud service. The translations are represented by an animated figure, an avatar in sign language.
Accessibility is an increasingly important value in society. With traditional methods, only a very small part of our digital information can be made accessible to the deaf.
With our technology it will be possible to translate mass content into sign language, as the costs are very low. In the long run it should be possible to translate almost any text into sign language. Since our system is adaptive, it becomes better with each application and thus faster and more economical. This will make it possible in the long term to make all digital content on the web accessible to the deaf. Worldwide.
There were additionally 3 deaf persons trained to 3D animators. These produce the vocabulary of sign language. Since they use sign language themselves, they have better insight into this activity.
We have developed a quality management system for the creation of sign language vocabulary, which is managed by a deaf sign language translator. This ensures that our product meets the highest quality requirements at the module level.
Our existing translation software SiMAX was programmed into a first cloud-capable version.
Over 3,000 signs were animated as sign language vocabulary and are available for translation.
We implemented two pilot projects:
We have presented our development at various international conferences and trade fairs, including the Mobile Word Congress in Barcelona, the Web Summit in Lisbon, the Innovator Summit in Berlin, trade fairs in Karlsruhe and Berlin, the RISE Conference in Hong Kong and many more. TV reports about us were shown in Austria and Hong Kong.
We have created and published GIFs animated by individual gestures. These can be used with different messengers like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger like emoties. We got more than 270,000 hits so far. See https://giphy.com/simax
On the one hand, the aim is to make all available digital texts in sign languages accessible to deaf people all over the world. This will give them equal access to all information.
On the other hand, all companies, organisations, media and individuals should be able to communicate barrier-free in the interest of the deaf at very low cost. This is not only prescribed by law, it is also required by a modern society without discrimination.