Brazilian start-up creates app for real-time translation of speech and text to sign language

Image from Hand Talk

Brazilian start-up Hand Talk has launched an app which can instantly translate Brazilian and English speech and text into Brazilian Sign Language (LSB, or ‘Libras’) and American Sign Language (ASL). The app’s avatar, Hugo, acts as a 3D interpreter who signs the content to the user.

According to Hand Talk, which was founded in 2012, about 80% of the nearly 10 million hard-of-hearing persons living in Brazil struggle to read and write the oral language of their country because their communication is exclusively visual – which can lead to feelings of exclusion and marginalization.

In addition to the app, Hand Talk offers a tool to interested companies which is able to translate a website into sign language, making it fully accessible to persons with hearing impairments who use Libras to communicate.