By: Hannah Perry
An adaptation to Google glass opens up the skies to deaf students.
When deaf students visit planetariums, they are left in the dark. The lights are off, and they are unable to see the ASL interpreter who narrates the descriptions of the constellations overhead. To solve this problem, Brigham Young University has recently launched the “Signglasses”project. This groundbreaking project uses Google Glass to project the sign language narration onto the classes. This project is special to a few deaf students attending BYU and working on this project. Signglasses will open up the skies for deaf students who adventure to the planetarium. The deaf students will no longer need to strain their eyes to see their interpreter in the dark or have to kink their neck to see both the night sky and the interpreter. The student can look straight up at the sky as there is a pre-recorded interpretation of the show playing in the corner of the glasses.
The Signglasses have potential to go beyond the planetarium’s presentation. Will Signglasses be used in museum presentations? Or plays? Will these Signglasses slowly replace interpreters in every setting with a set script? Signglasses have the potential for great things. The Signglasses team is also working with researchers at Georgia Tech to see if the glasses can be used as a literacy tool. To learn more, check out their video on YouTube.
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