Tuesday, 20 March 2018

The Joy of Hearing

As it is Be happy! day in the UK, here are some who are.... just to make sure, ATR is banning critical response.

The C700 program for deaf-blind.

Robots to take over sign translation...

Talk to the hands because you can't see a face.

Scientists have created a robotic arm that is able to translate spoken words into sign language so deaf people can understand what is being said. It’s creator, Erwin Smet, says it will ‘change life for the deaf community’ by being easily available when access to sign language interpreters is limited. Royal Navy sailor downed so much alcohol at free lunch he couldn't carry out duty He hopes people will be able to carry it with them to school, university and work as a sort of portable translator. 

The robot, called Antwerp’s Sign Language Actuating Node (ASLAN), works by hearing someone speak, receiving information from a local digital network, then checking for updates sign languages from all over the world. 

It can be created using a 3D printer using 25 pieces of plastic, meaning it is relatively cheap at a cost of just £400 to make. Erwin Smet and a team of scientists creating the robotic arm to translate spoken words into sign language gestures. ASLAN stands for Antwerp’s Sign Language Actuating Node – and the robot can be 3D printed from 25 pieces of plastic, meaning it costs as little as £400 to make (Picture: SWNS) The robot works by receiving information from a local digital network, then checking for updated sign languages from all over the world.

Mr Smet, 57, who is responsible for the students who created ASLAN, said: ‘What we have seen in real situations that there is a real gap and barrier between the deaf community and the real world – ASLAN can reduce that barrier. ‘The amount of hours of help that the deaf community can get via translators is really limited. How to make sure your Facebook data is private after Cambridge Analytica concerns ‘I see ASLAN as something being put in deaf people’s backpacks – they can carry it with them, to lectures, to anywhere – there is a need for this.’ 

Erwin, who is from Antwerp in Belgium, explained that this robot is unique because of the low-cost nature of it and because it can be recreated anywhere by anybody who can use a 3D printer. He said: ‘We started some years ago, with the idea that students who are not able to hear, could use some help in everyday life to communicate. ‘It should be something that is reliable, cheap and gives you the opportunity to program it with different languages. ‘We started with small steps – with just one hand, and then the wrist, and then the elbow too.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Not Deaf enough for a CI...

It's like saying we won't give you a hearing aid until your loss is too severe, which entails years not hearing half of what is said, and all the stress and anxiety that goes with it.  In the USA they allow CI's to born deaf at 80, if they can pay for it, and most born deaf refuse a CI anyway.  

As the ENT here has stated deafness is inevitable, why are they prolonging the delay in giving him a CI?  This is all about cost, as even late deafened adults are being refused CI's who are prime candidates for them.  It's a false premise it saves money, as it costs 8 times MORE to support a deaf child or adult,  without a CI,and for a lifetime.