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Chinese-designed app for Aphasia due for release

Editor: zhangrui 丨CRI

05-10-2017 07:12 BJT

A new app dubbed the 'sign language interpreter' is due to be made available for users later this month, the China Youth Daily reports.

Designed by a pair of young women from Tsinghua University and Beihang University, the new app is meant to help people with Aphasia communicate.

Aphasia is the condition characterized by either the partial or total loss of the ability to communicate either verbally or using written words.

Through the use of a special wrist band, those with aphasia will be able to communicate as many as 200 separate words through the slight movements they're able to make with their wrists.

Designed by Wang Nana and Huang Shuang, the specially-designed wrist band can recognize the movements as words and then transmit them to the app in the form of words.

The 'sign language interpreter' boasts a 95% accuracy rate.

It recently won top prize, and was also named the Most Inclusive Project, at last month's "Geek for Good Open Design Challenge," co-hosted by the United Nations Development Program and Chinese tech giant Baidu.


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