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Huawei develops AI-powered app to help deaf children read

Huawei Consumer Business Group has launched StorySign a mobile app that uses AI to deliver sign language versions of select books to children with hearing disabilities.

StorySign has been developed using by Huawei AI, supported by charities including the European Union of the Deaf and the British Deaf Association, designed by Aardman Animations, with a classic children’s books from Penguin Random House.

The Android only app has debuted in the UK and Europe, with one children’s book available in each of the 10 languages it has launched in. It is expected to become available across Asia next year. So far, Where’s Spot by Eric Hill is the only book available in English.

StorySign launches against the backdrop of increased scrutiny and polarisation surrounding Huawei in the wake of the arrest of its chief financial officer Sabrina Meng Wanzhou in Canada in connection with alleged violations of US sanctions.

Similar socially driven apps have been released by several other mobile phone firms, prominently Samsung which has made similar claims about using technology to tackle everything from autistic children who do not make eye contact with their parents to helping blind swimmers navigate better.

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