Saturday, June 7, 2014

ASL Tablet App Headed for Beta Testing

A few months ago we told you about a tablet app that understands sign language called MotionSavvy. You can read that post here. MotionSavvy was created by a group of student researchers from Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Since then, the MotionSavvy team has been working in San Francisco as part of a business startup accelerator called Leap Motion. It's for companies building on the gesture-based technology. The team got on the radar of the Silicon Valley tech world by taking third place in ZVRS competition and are about ready to start testing the tablet app. Hundreds of people have signed up to be part of the beta test. After a year of testing, the product may be ready for the consumer market. MotionSavvy may cost around $600 (and that price tag includes a Windows tablet) and there may be a monthly fee. Apps for smart phones are planned as well. Here's a video introduction from i DEAF NEWS Mobile.