After his 6-year old niece found it increasingly difficult to communicate with her family, her 25-year-old uncle from Kenya decided to invent smart gloves which convert sign language movements into audio speech through a mobile phone application.
This feat saw Roy Allela win admiration and recognition by the prestigious American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the world’s largest organization for mechanical engineers, during its prestigious 2017 ASME Innovation Showcase (ISHOW) competition.
Around 466 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss, 34 million of these are children. It is estimated that by 2050 over 900 million people will have disabling hearing loss according to The World Health Organization.
The potential this invention has is remarkable. It could help bridge the gap between the hearing and non-hearing for generations to come.