SignGlasses, a company based out of Salt Lake City, UT, is changing the way deaf students interact with sign language interpreters and professors in classrooms.
SignGlasses offers a pair of glasses that show a miniature video of the sign language interpreter on one side of the lenses signing in real time. The SLP can be observing the professor from a remote location through a webcam, and sign everything the professor is saying. It also comes with a clip-on mic that the professor wears so the Interpreter is able to hear them. What that means is that the student doesn’t have to look at the professor and then at the interpreter (whether in the classroom or on their computer if the SLP is remote) while also taking notes at the same time.
What’s even better is that these videos are timestamped and saved so students can review videos at a later time for homework or studying for exams and bookmark important parts of their lectures. SSignGlasses comes with its own software that also lets students take timestamped notes. These notes are easily searchable too.
According to the company, several schools would be able to cut costs because with SignGlasses, the interpreters wouldn’t need to travel to classes.
Rafa Elliott, a student at College of Eastern Idaho, became the first student in the nation to test SignGlasses in one of his classes. These glasses are also being tested by deaf and hard of hearing students at Idaho State University and Brigham Young University – Idaho, and they plan to start using these glasses regularly in classes starting next semester. Hit the source link to read more.
Source: Post Register