• Alysa Salzberg

New app uses tech and human interpreters for sign language translation

Machine translation is on the rise, but it’s far from perfect. That’s especially apparent when it comes to sign language. Even the most advanced sign language translating devices provide only a limited translation of what a deaf person is trying to express; as this article explains, these devices only give a single word for a sign, neglecting grammatical structure.


Luckily, there are some solutions. For example, a new app, Jeenie is a platform that helps deaf people find an online human sign language interpreter at any time of the day or night. The interpreter will watch them via their phone and translate instantly for whoever they’re having a conversation with. Not only can the human sign language interpreter translate signs to spoken language -- if necessary, they can ask the deaf person for clarification.


Read on to learn more about this innovative way of combining technology and human sign language interpreters.




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