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Mimix the sign language translator

Mimix the sign language translator
Accessible Service

Global Elevate Awards Winner 2016

Category: Assistive Technology,

Nomination Details

Organization name: Minesbox

Launched Date: 2014-08-30

Who has created it: Mahmoud Darawsheh

Problem statement and how the Accessible Innovation solves the problem.

When a person talks to mic or writes the application, it understands the spoken or written words then interprets it into sign language using an animated avatar. More than 2000 people reported to the team about how their problem has been solved or reduced.

Some doctors are using it with their patients. Many grandparents expressed their feelings to their deaf grandsons. Also many are using it to learn sign language. Few people reported they use it to teach their autistic kids.

Tell us who is the target audience and how the accessible innovation will benefit them. Please specify the different target audiences groups and provide numbers and statistics of your current clients as well as what is the potential number of people that the innovation can impact and empower:

  • People who communicate with the deaf
  • People who want to learn sign language
  • Deaf people

Currently, there are overall 26000 users of the Mimix.

The potential clients can be 60 milion deaf users 60 * 4 milions =240 millions users who are deaf relative ,friends, colleagues or people want to communicate with deaf (assuming every deaf know min 4 people and the number in average is much larger)

How is the accessible innovative solution different from current practices or ways of solving the problem?

It is easier for deaf to understand sign language instead of text. Many people who are deaf take upto 16 years until they can read and write. It is reported by lots of users that this app makes their life easier in understanding and communicating.

How is the accessible innovative solution new, different or unique in terms of the technology or implementation?

This technology provides a sign language engine that can be used to translate any written or spoken words into sign language ,understandable by deaf and we have also alpha edition for translating youtube and movies into sign language

How do you get the innovative solution to reach the target audience? Please elaborate on the your go to market strategy and which geographies do you currently work in and what are your future plans for marketing your innovation.

We use play store organic reach with a good support by solving client problems and bugs, providing periodically new features and a quick response

What is the potential impact of the innovative solution on the lives of the target audience? Please elaborate by providing statistics of the current impact and the potential impact.

We have enhanced life of many deaf people and make many parent let their deaf kids go out without feeling fear on them , and we helped many learn sign language as well.

Stories of how the Innovation has touched lives.

The following comments were sent to us via an app survey and they are available for reference

"one of my students parents is deaf. this app helps me communicate with her. thanks"

"My boyfriend is hard of hearing! I want to communicate with him his way. this app helps a lot!! love it !"

"This is a great app. It helps me better communicate with coworkers."

"Thank you, I'm trying to learn and communicate with sign language though this app to help an autistic child"

"I´m not deaf, but I communicate with deaf people and I use it to Learn more about sign language"

"I love this app, it shows me everything I want to know about signing. thanks for making such a great app that is very useful!"

" I found this app for a Deaf client, he seemed to like it much better and our sessions started only to take 55 minutes smile emoticon"

"I am a mother of a little girl who was born deaf. I am trying to learn and teach her at same time. I love everything about this app"

"I use this app because I have hearing impaired and i lose my voice often. Also i use it to communicate to other deaf and hearing impaired especially at work."

"I love this app so far , it helps me communicate with my son cause I can´t seem to learn ASL fast enough. thank you guys" "Thank you very much for this free tool to help me talk to my 91 year old deaf aunt!" "As one of Jehovah witnesses my wife and I feel it is important to be able to communicate as much as possible with everyone, and we like the simple format of learning the word of the day" "I am a nurse who is occasionally assigned to a deaf patient. I do not know signs. This is a life saver."

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