FEATURE: AI being employed to translate sign language to assist deaf in Japan

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Local governments in Japan are turning to artificial intelligence to improve communication with people who are deaf or hard of hearing at their counters for the public. A system jointly developed by the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo and SoftBank Corp. converts sign-language gestures into written text. While the system currently requires equipment at counters, municipalities hope it will eventually be usable with just a smartphone. At the Narashino city office in Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo, a woman with a hearing disability asked directions to the restroom using sign language ...

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