A software application is being developed by scientists in Aberdeen, which will be the first of its kind in the world that will be used on mobile phones and other portable devices to translate sign language.

Computing scientists at Technabling of the University of Aberdeen are behind the technology, which is aiming to bridge the gap between sign language and more standard forms of communication.

The Portable Sign Language Translator has the potential to be used with a range of sign language and could aid many, as an estimated 8.7 million people in the UK are deaf or hard of hearing.

Dr Ernesto Compatangelo, lecturer at the University of Aberdeen and founder of Technabling said the aim of the technology is to empower sign language users.

"The user signs into a standard camera integrated into a laptop, netbook, smartphone or other portable device such as a tablet. Their signs are immediately translated into text which can be read," he added.

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