It is estimated there are 70 million (recently released data states now up to 125 million) individuals worldwide, nearly 39 million of them in the United States, who are deaf or have severe hearing loss to be considered fully impaired, most using a version of sign language to communicate. In development is a wearable device for a deaf individual to use that would not only see their sign language hand signals and interpret and transmit to voice but also "hear" via voice recognition and in turn, interpret the spoken word into a sign language (or written in some cases) visual on the inside of a lens of the wearable glasses/headwear, seen only by the wearer, allowing a near seamless communicative interaction with each other.
Around 35% of the U.S.A. deaf population are of working age, however, they are not employed, collect government support. Recent studies state many parents will opt for their child not to be educated, especially in a public setting and choose to have them labeled "handicapped" despite having a potentially brilliant mind. This wearable device (interpretive glass wear) allows the individual to visually see the words being spoken to them, whether the speaker is before them or coming over a speaker phone or computer web service, and they are able to respond/interact back.
This device additionally provides some relief to educational systems that pay for interpretive services. Higher-level educational programs are now a possible reality to pursue careers to match their talents.
A wearable device, which are augmented eyeglasses outfitted with a speaker, speaker receptor, and visual imaging glass, for a deaf/hearing-challenged individual to have their sign language hand signals seen by a motion/visual receptor imbedded within the eye frame that are then interpreted and transmitted out of a speaker with a customized voice and sound level; in turn it "hears" by voice detection spoken word of those speaking to the individual and interprets it into a sign language or written word visual on the inside of one of the lens of the wearable glasses, seen only by the wearer, allowing a near seamless communicative interaction with others.
Wearable device will have double light weight lenses on both sides which serve multiple purposes. This will allow for easier programming for tasks each lens will perform - inside lens display the voice interpreted into sign language (or written word), caller ID indicator across the top (upgrade feature), and other key indicators; the exterior lens will offer optional transition lens that will darken slightly in bright light for comfort and a wearer's eye correction prescription.
The frames offer a power button, volume controls, WiFi capability to interact with their cell phone/tablet, or other web connection to customize their wearable, and future Bluetooth-like capability to offer a caller ID flash and ability to respond to incoming calls using the translation technology internally.
The device will be offered initially for American English speaking/interpretation with formal American Sign Language, however, future versions will allow the wearer to select from a constant growing offering of other speaking languages and dialects, and sign language interpretations. These features will accommodate the diverse ethnicities unique to each community worldwide.
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