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SignAll Technology Translates American Sign Language to English in Real Time

Research and development startup SignAll is the first to use technology to facilitate real-time American Sign Language-to-English translation. The technology is now available to businesses and organizations that want to increase accessibility for their Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees and customers.

 

“More and more companies are striving to be inclusive, and SignAll’s technology allows Deaf and hearing people to communicate without barriers,” SignAll Co-Founder and CEO Zsolt Robotka said. “We invite those who are interested to be part of our pilot program.”
American Sign Language — the main language of many Deaf and hard of hearing people in North America — is a complex visual language that incorporates distinct signs, facial expressions, and body movements and positions, which made it a challenge to translate via computer. Budapest-based SignAll has pioneered the first platform that allows instant communication between ASL users and non-signing people.
The SignAll team, made up of Deaf and hearing researchers, mathematicians, developers and linguists from the United States and Hungary, spent seven years developing the SignAll Automatic Sign Language Interpreter System, which uses machine vision and natural language processing.
Four cameras pick up the signer’s visual cues; NLP software translates ASL to English text; and a speech-recognition feature processes spoken English into text. Text is displayed on a chat-like interface on two monitors.

SignAll collaborated with Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., the only university in the world created specifically for the Deaf and hard of hearing, to fine-tune the program. SignAll debuted to the public June 2018 at Gallaudet’s Maguire Visitor Center, allowing Deaf and hard-of-hearing signers to seamlessly interact with hearing visitors who do not sign.
“Gallaudet provided expert information on American Sign Language and computer language processing and translation, and students assisted with development by acting as sign language models and testing software,” said Dr. Patrick Boudreault, associate professor in the Gallaudet Department of Translation and Interpretation. “The goal of the partnership with SignAll is to create full accessibility for Deaf and hard-of-hearing people, and SignAll’s use of native ASL signers is a value-added feature that other companies skip over in their rush to develop new translation technology.”
SignAll’s vision includes expanding to public and private organizations, such as government offices, schools and universities, and companies that want to improve communication with Deaf employees and customers.
“We are proud that SignAll has been developed jointly by Deaf and hearing people,” Robotka said. “We are concentrating on installing more systems in the United States. Our plans for the future include the development of a SignAll mobile application and making it available for systems like Siri or Alexa.”

SignAll at CES 2018

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SignAll recently attended CES, the number one technology convention worldwide.
We got the opportunity to meet many leaders, developers, accessibility organizations, deaf people, and general attendees.  We were met with inspirational feedback, and look forward to sharing our newest developments over the coming months.

Watch the 2018 SignAll CES video here

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Tőkeportál has won the special award of HIPA on FinTechShow!

kép_FTSOur project, called Tőkeportál, aims to establish crowdfunding in Hungary and has participated in FinTechShow, the first fintech themed event in Hungary. At the show, 15 local fintech projects were introduced that might raise Budapest to be the fintech capital city of the region within a few years. Tőkeportál, the first crowdfunding platform for shares and a project with capital market improvement goals, has won the special award of the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA), which was the only available award besides the grand prize of Fintechlab. Please read more about the event in our interview with Gergő Baján, CTO of Tőkeportál.

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Tőkeportál Among the Eight Best Projects

ftvDolphio Technologies’ Tőkeportál project finished in the best eight at the Fintech competition announced by MKB Bank. The long-term goal of the competition is the modernization of financial institutions’ present services.

Dolphio Technologies’ project, named Tőkeportál, is based on equity crowdfunding, a new financing model which is growing more and more popular in the West. The concept appealed to the jury too, so the project got among the eight bests, which means that Dolphio Technologies can continue to develop it within the framework of MKB Bank’s incuabation program, funded by venture capital.

The aim of the incubation program is to enable Fintech products that have the potential to replace or complement the tradational services of financial institutions to spread in the Hungarian and international markets.

Tőkeportál aims to establish a public fund portal with the help of MKB Bank. The base portal is already finished and campaign owners can show their projects.