Kenyan Invents Gloves That Translate Sign Language to Speech

Roy Allela, 25, has invented smart gloves which convert sign language movements into audio speech. The gloves, named Sign-IO, have sensors stitched on to each finger which interpret the word being signed from the bend of the finger. Allela says he was inspired by the need to communicate with his 6-year-old niece who was born deaf.

Photo: Roy Allela

Kenyan technology evangelist, Roy Allela.

Photo: Roy Allela

A smart phone paired to the smart hand gloves invented by Kenyan technology evangelist, Roy Allela.

Photo: Roy Allela

Prototype of the invention.

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