29/03/2016 07h28 - Updated 29/03/2016 07h28

Benefit from equipment that promises to facilitate hearing impaired communication receive training

The project is called “Giulia - Hands Speak” and uses artificial intelligence technology.
Photo: Vitor Souza / Secom
Photo: Vitor Souza / Secom

At the end of last year, the University of the State of Amazonas (UEA) launched the project "Giulia - Hands Speak", a technological kit based on artificial intelligence that promises to help facilitate communication of deaf people. The tool is now starting to reach the target audience and, before using the equipment, the beneficiaries are undergoing special training held in the Individual State Department with Disabilities (Seped). altogether, 100 Deaf people are being contemplated in this first phase of the project by the State Government.

The first devices of Giulia were made possible by the state government through the support of the company Recofarma, no amount of R $ 800 one thousand. The project has the support of the First Lady of the State, Fabiana Gomes de Oliveira. The Seped does the tracking and monitoring of the process of adaptation of technology and the dialogue between the deaf users and Analysis Center Foundation, Research and Technological Innovation (Fucapi), partner in the project, which will provide support to Giulia kit (clamp and Android phone).

The new technology is based on artificial intelligence and enables communication between the deaf and people who do not know the Brazilian Sign Language (Pounds). Created in Robotics and Automation Laboratory at UEA, the assistive technology project is being patented. Among the new users is the office assistant, Carlos da Silva Everton, 21 years, who is eager to test the application. Accustomed to the difficulties to communicate with those who are not deaf, Everton hopes that the novelty enables integration in public spaces, including at work.

"I find it very important because the banks, hospitals and public places where people go to inclusion is difficult. I believe this can help improve, and that's what I hope: that bring ease ", said Silva, after starting the preliminary tests with the tool during the training started on Monday, 28 March.

Operation of equipment
The Giulia project was designed by Professor UEA, Manuel Cardoso, and consists of the development of a clamp with sound sensor which translates the meaning of those movements is using the apparatus. The clamp is positioned just below the elbow, where the biological signs of the forearm muscles and hand are captured. The sensor picks up these signals and transmits them, via "Bluetooth", to a mobile device.

More of 30 signals are decoded in the unit and the continued use of the benefit will be used to improve and insert new, says Marcel Cunha, one of the project members. "We have other 50 signs already in the process of inclusion. The Giulia will never replace the interpreter, but the application is for emergency cases where it does not have an interpreter and so the application can also be used to support ", he stressed.

User approves device
Member of the advisory team to deaf people in Seped, Joel Gomes, 28 years, It is also one of the users of Giulia. It is with the equipment a month ago and said that the novelty has already made a difference. With the tool, the deaf person can express needs and also understand what the speaker is talking. The giullia also has a voice recorder that turns all text message, for the hearing-impaired person can follow.

"This invention meets the needs of deaf people, because communication is key so that they can be integrated into society as citizens. We have made a strong work in this field, including our central Pounds, that works here in Seped and allows scheduling for people to have the accompaniment of an interpreter to help solve problems of various orders. A medical consultation with a legal problem ", He emphasized the holder Seped, Vania Suely.

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