With one in six people in the UK experiencing some form of deafness, everyday experiences we take for granted can often be a completely different experience. A new company is aiming to open up the world and bring information to life with the release of the Signly app.
After downloading the app, the user can aim their smartphone at the Signly label positioned where they are and a video will appear on screen of a sign language interpreter.
Currently being rolled out at museums including the legendary Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden, the technology is a great step forward for bringing exhibits to life for both the young and old. Hearing impaired visitors can now get details of Roald’s daily routines for creating his fabulous stories that previously were inaccessible.
Outside of galleries and museums, the company believe the Signly app’s use could extend across everything from spoken language visitor guides to interpreting menus.
We expect the Signly symbol to be seen in hundreds of places over the coming months as more companies sign up. The app itself was developed by Intermedia, in conjunction with the Deafax charity. Deafax has been helping to transform lives for deaf people by developing solutions for over 30 years now and this is a brilliant example of accomplishing challenges with the latest technologies available