“Hello, my name is Omar” .. a short phrase that may be the beginning of a big project .. An Egyptian engineering student designed smart glasses to translate short voice commands into sign language that the hearing impaired understand in an attempt to develop a tool that overcomes communication obstacles and helps them understand others.
The glasses were invented by Omar Abdel Salam, an Egyptian student at the Faculty of Engineering at Mansoura University, as a prototype of glasses that convert sounds into sign language, with the aim of helping the deaf and dumb. Read also I will enroll in the Faculty of Medicine.. A circulating clip of an outstanding student selling “fresca” on the beach of Alexandria She achieved more than 10 million views.. An Egyptian activist tells the story of Palestine in a song in a minute and a half Disability does not prevent creativity.. An Egyptian plastic artist draws with his mouth and nose on the computer A big ovation with the “Our Home is a Farm” initiative… a young Egyptian man turned the roof of his house into productive agricultural land
A small camera installed on the device captures the audio signals from the headset, and using artificial intelligence can translate them at the same time into sign language so that the user of the glasses sees them on a small, built-in screen.
The small lens is designed in such a way that it appears as if it is about half a meter away from the eye so as not to obstruct vision and affect vision, in order to facilitate communication between those who cannot hear and those who do not understand sign language.
Omar Abdel Salam told Reuters that “the idea of the glasses is that the deaf wears them, and when someone talks to him, the deaf presses a certain button, and the translation of people’s voice into sign language begins at the same time, and although the screen is close to the eye, he (the deaf) He sees the image as if it is about half a meter from the eye, so that it does not affect his vision.
He added, “Also, the deaf can make the glasses’ signal through sensors that translate the signals into a sound that comes out of the headphones, and then the average person understands what the deaf wants to say.”
In laying the foundation for his design, Abdus Salam relied on a few products available in the United States but still sees their capabilities as limited. Similarly, if a user wants to read a book, the glasses use augmented reality to capture the image on the page and convert it into sign language.
6 years effort
Over the past six years, the design has evolved from a simple mobile app to its current form, but resource constraints have rendered its prototype just a hand-held version not ready for production.
Abdel Salam also says that his design can translate limited words and sign language and only understands voice commands in English, and works to ensure that the glasses do not remain handmade, and when they become a finished product, they will be usable without any technology.
For his part, Bishoy Imad, a sign language interpreter, said that he believes that the glasses are correct and will greatly help the deaf and hard of hearing, according to what he told Reuters.
And Abdel Salam, 19, said in a Facebook post that the glasses, in addition to translating sounds, convert the sign language of the person who wears them into sounds that appear in front of the eye, and help him read, as they translate the written text into sign language.
He added that the project, which lasted for 6 years, would be the solution to the problem of 466 million people around the world, including 9 million deaf people in Egypt.
Abdel Salam appeared on one of the talk shows, wore glasses live, and began saying some sentences such as “My name is Omar, and I love you”, which was successfully translated by the glasses.
The student in the first year of the Faculty of Engineering expected that the price of the glasses would reach 8,500 pounds (the dollar is about 15.68 Egyptian pounds), and he seeks to sell them to charitable institutions so that they can sell them to the deaf at lower prices, indicating that he is conducting a comprehensive study of the market in order to reduce the price and help the largest number of deaf people.
Birth of the idea
He explained that the idea came when the tire of his father’s car broke down, so we hired a technician to repair it, but they were surprised that he could not hear or speak, and he had no ability to read, which made it difficult to communicate with him, especially since they were not familiar with sign language.
Abdel Salam hopes that his invention will reach the market and improve the quality of life for those who need it most.