Prototype designed by engineering students turns finger movements into signals that are then vocalised.
A project in Argentina to introduce young deaf children to books is one of the six winners at the World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha.
The project was launched in 2011 by the Canales Civil Association, with the collaboration of Argentina’s deaf community and funding from the Inter-American Development Bank.
“Signing is a visual language and has different characteristics from written Spanish,” said Anahi Ezagui, an interpreter.
“It’s a complete and complicated language. You can say everything in sign language and tell all stories but first we must do the work of interpreting from one language to the other.”
The project’s team use text, pictures, spoken, and sign language which enable deaf children to enjoy family stories that previously they might not have had access to – stories the rest of us take for granted.
Al Jazeera’s Daniel Schweimler reports from Buenos Aires.