An interactive app proposal that encourages children and parents to learn sign language through outdoor exploratory play, involving object detection technology.

(RSA student design awards winning submission 2022)

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The problem 

In the UK, 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents with little experience of how to communicate with a deaf person. Many families struggle to communicate with their deaf child, creating a gap in social development which consequently lead to slower rates in language development for deaf children.

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The process

The process consisted of speaking to parents with deaf children and gaining information about what resources currently exist to engage children in social play. It was found that the play resources for this community are either inaccessible or non-existent which left a gap for a product which encouraged social play, however, after also speaking to parents who’s children are able hearing there is a growing demand for resources to learn British Sign Language.

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The Solution

Look! Is an interactive app proposal that encourages children and parents to learn sign language through exploratory play. The app will use object detection technology (AI) so the user will be able to point and scan the object they would like to sign, the sign is then revealed on screen.

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