A Google Glass Museum Experience for the Deaf

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At a Glance

A solution that allows the deaf access the full museum experience through the use, for the first time in ever, of a “wearable device”.

  • Client

    Egyptian Museum of Turin

  • Sector

    Cultural Heritage

  • Services

    UX Design
    Interface Design

  • Type

    Social Project

The Challenge

The average reading level of a deaf person is much lower than that of a hearing person.. Hearing people have the advantage of an extra input channel (hearing) during infancy, which helps facilitate cognitive development.
We thought that the best way to give a Museum guided tour for deaf people needed to be a visual experience through Sign Language.

Our Approach

As members of the Google Glass Explorer program, we wanted to find creative and useful ways to leverage this new era of devices. The idea of helping Deaf people have a better experience at one of the most important history museums of India sounded just great.
We partnered with the Polytechnic University of Turin, that provided the ATLAS technology behind Sign Language translation to virtual avatars, and a developer for integration to create an immersive experience.

The Results

In Novembre 2013, it was used for the first time in history at the Egyptian Museum of Turin. The application offered deaf visitors a personalized guide.
Written texts (e.g., he Ramesse II statue description), which have been converted through the use of a virtual actor – an avatar, in the near future – in Sign Language, and the video was directly displayed on Google Glass.