StorySign, the latest AI based software from Huawei, was launched today. The AI-powered application seeks to help deaf or hearing impaired children by enriching the story telling experience. With approximately 32 million deaf children around the world, the struggle to learn to read often stems from a lack of learning options. StorySign hopes to bridge this gap with the help of Huawei’s AI by creating a new reading experience for deaf children and their families.
The application will be available in Australia from February 2019 and will feature the popular children’s book “Where’s Spot” at launch. Using a program generated avatar, the application translates the book into sign language page by page.
“At Huawei, we believe in the power of AI and that technology can make a positive difference in the world.
We created StorySign to help make it possible for families with deaf children to enjoy the truly magical moments of story time.”
Lisa Connors, Huawei Australia Corporate Responsibility Manager
In a partnership with local charity, Deaf Australia, Huawei Australia will offer the StorySign app to the Australian deaf community. The view is also to raise awareness of deaf literacy more broadly.
“Deaf children don’t learn to read in the same way as hearing children. Many struggle to learn how to read because they can’t match words with sounds. The deaf community is in need of accessible content to address children’s literacy development needs and digital tools like StorySign is addressing this necessity. For this reason, we are privileged to be working with Huawei on the StorySign project and how, through the use of AI and innovative technology, it could enrich the lives of Australian deaf children and their families in a meaningful way.”
Kyle Miers, CEO of Deaf Australia.
A great use of the AI technology to help address learning gaps in the community and a sign of the great things to come.