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Google Glass debut personal sign language function in Italy

Turin Egyptian museum

Wednesday 13 November
Google Glass debut personal sign language function in Italy

- November 13 at 08:00

The Egyptian Museum in Turin will be the first worldwide to experiment GoggleGlass4Lis, a Google Glass application offering deaf visitors a personalized guide in sign language thanks to a platform automatically translating the guide with a virtual avatar screened on the surface of the innovative Goggle prototype.

The first trial starts from the Turin museum and its symbolic monument, the statue of Ramses II.

By tapping the touchpad on GoggleGlass, visitors will access information on the statue translated into sign language.

With a voice command it is also possible to suspend and start the translation, take a picture, record a video and share it with friends on social networks. This will enable deaf visitors to fully experience culture without mediators.

The experiment will be extended in the coming months to other museum statues. The museum is being renovated ahead of spring 2015 when it will open again with twice as more space and a new set-up.

Researchers are hoping the trial will provide them with information to approve the software in all its applications, from those used on smart phones and tablets to those for collective use in order to fully include the deaf in social life: a project is underway to translate in real time vocal announcements at railway stations which will be tested at Turin's Porta Nuova.

The application at the Egyptian Museum in Turin is one of the first European apps for Google Glass, developed by Rokivo, a firm which is part of the Explorer programme started by the Mountain View company, and Vidiemme Consulting, together with the Italian national association of the deaf (ENS).

The project is made in Italy and the platform is based on results from the Automatic Translation into Sign Language (ATLAS), a research funded by the Piedmont region and coordinated by Professor Paolo Prinetto who teaches at Turin's Polytechnic with the support of the University of Turin and Carlo Geraci, a researcher at the Institut Jean Nicod in Paris and a top expert in sign language.

'The role played by the city of Turin was also fundamental as it put us in touch with the department of control and computer engineering of the Turin Polytechnic with which we reached this result', said Rokivo founder Valerio Saffirio.