Avatar Technology

A sign language avatar is a graphic representation of a character capable of portraying sign language through three-dimensional animation. An avatar can serve multiple purposes and is a necessary component of any automatic translation system that converts a spoken language into signed language. They are also used for education and for anonymization of video blogs. The goal is to facilitate better communication between deaf and hearing communities and to create functionally equivalent access to information, media, education, job opportunities, and social services.


Including captioning or other text-based options in movies, television broadcasts, or web-based media does not provide satisfactory access for people whose preferred language is a signed language. Signed languages are independent natural languages in their own right, and they have structures that do not ...

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