SA Inventor Takes Sign Language to the Next Level
When it comes to bridging the gap between able-bodied people and the deaf community, a young inventor from South Africa is taking matters into his own hands – well, a pair of gloved hands.
Lucky Netshidzati, a 26-year-old entrepreneur and inventor from Limpopo, has created a pair of smart gloves which are capable of translating South African sign language into voice and text.
Fitted with sensors, the gloves also work with a mobile application to help hearing-impaired users to communicate with others in real time.
Netshidzati said he was inspired to invent the gloves – with the help of a technical team – because he was unable to communicate with his parents, both of whom are deaf.
He explained: “I had to be raised by my granny because I couldn’t communicate with my parents. I couldn’t understand what was happening when I was young … I had a lot of questions.”
Now at the end of his research and development stage, Netshidzati is now working to raise the funds necessary to get his invention to the commercial phase.
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