China's telecommunication giant Huawei haslaunched an Android app called StorySign that willmake it easier for deaf children and their parents toread bedtime stories.
Powered by a Huawei AI engine and featuring anavatar called Star, the app uses image and opticalcharacter recognition to help deaf children to readby turning written text into a display of signlanguage.
Users can also choose a book from the app's book library that is then displayed in sign languageusing animated characters. The first book on the StorySign platform is the popular children'sbook "Spot the Dog".
The developers aimed to make the app's main character Star appealing to both boys and girlsby making her an older-sister type of character with a tomboy style. Star also wears a hearingaid.
"We created StorySign to help make it possible for families with deaf children to enjoy anenriched story time," said Andrew Garrihy, Huawei's CMO for Western Europe.
"We hope that by raising awareness of deaf literacy issues, people will be encouraged todonate to or support one of the fantastic charity partners we are working with acrossEurope."
There are approximately 32 million deaf children around the world. Many struggle to learn toread, often due to a lack of resources that bridge the gap between sign language and writtentext.
The app gives deaf children a tool that its creators hope will make it easier for them to read.