Engineers are developing an efficient technology that will enable deaf people to communicate via mobile device.

The University of Washington is developing a device that would enable transmitting American Sign Language over low bandwidth cellular networks. The MobileASL project aims to allow people with hearing impairments to use their cell phones by implementing a standard video capturing technology that increases the image quality of face and hand gestures, but reduce the data rate substantially. The device also uses motion detection to identify if the user is making signs or not, to extend the battery life of the phone during video use.

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