Snap has new Lenses that show users how to fingerspell in American Sign Language

Snap has new Lenses that show users how to fingerspell in American Sign Language


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To mark the International Week of the Deaf, Snapchat has created custom stickers and three AR Lenses to encourage users to fingerspell, the company said Tuesday.

The new features were designed by incorporating feedback and guidance from deaf and hard-of-hearing employees at the company, and using AI and computer vision technology developed by Hungarian startup SignAll, which focuses on technology for deaf people. SignAll has developed technology that can be used to track hand movements to translate sign language into spoken language. The company launched fingerspelling mobile app Ace ASL for iOS in April, and for Android earlier this month.

The new Snap features were also driven internally by Snap Lab software engineer Jennica Pounds,…

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