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Huawei’s StorySign App Translates Kids’ Books Into Sign Language

John Lewis Elton John ad didn't make you cry? Well, prepare your feels for this one from Huawei, because we watched it and now it's raining on our faces: Read More >>

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Koko the Gorilla, Famous for Learning Sign Language, Has Died

Koko, arguably the world’s most famous gorilla, has died at the age of 46. Known for her ability to communicate through sign language, Koko forever changed our conceptions of primate intelligence and emotional capacities. Read More >>

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RIP Chantek, the Signing Orangutan Who Was Just Like Us

There is no permanent good in this world. One minute, everything seems fine. The next minute, the forces of darkness steal away Chantek, the beloved, 39-year-old signing orangutan. Read More >>

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Sign Language Performances Make Every Eminem Song Better

The music of Eminem is extremely good, but do you know what’s better? Watching videos of people performing his songs in American Sign Language. Read More >>

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Bell Labs Could Send Sign Language Over The Phone – in 1979

Back in the good ‘ole days before the internet and Yo and Meerkat and Snapchat, we had one way to talk to people in faraway lands: the telephone. But a microphone and speaker aren’t much use if you’re hearing impaired. Read More >>

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Toshiba’s Eerie Sign Language Robot Will Silently Stare Into Your Soul

Proving its engineers are just as capable as anyone at developing a creepy human-like robot that embraces the Uncanny Valley, Toshiba has developed an android that specialises in sign language thanks to a pair of highly articulated hands. One day the company hopes it could serve as an artificial receptionist, but it's probably going to need to learn to talk first. Read More >>

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Electronic Wristbands Translate Sign Language Into Smartphone Speech

A student team working with Google has come up with an ingenious way to translate signing into spoken word: electronic wristbands that measure the wearer's muscle activity, recognising sign language symbols and speaking them through an Android device. It could quite literally give signers a voice. Read More >>

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Mandela’s Sign Language Fraud Claims “Schizophrenic Episode” Caused His “Prawn Rocking Horse” Interpretation

He's already outraged the deaf community, and now the Nelson Mandela Memorial's Macarena-ing sign language fraud looks certain to face the ire of mental health campaigners unless he can prove his latest claims, stating that his unreadable signing gestures were down to hallucinations brought on by a "schizophrenic episode". Read More >>

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Nelson Mandela Memorial’s Sign Language Interpreter Was Making it Up as He Went Along

Nelson Mandela's memorial service, held yesterday, has been met with a mixed reception, with criticism being levelled against everything from the political posturing of the speakers to that selfie. Some of the tributes however, particularly President Obama's, were genuinely moving. But if you were deaf you wouldn't know that -- the sign language interpreter was just winging it. Read More >>