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Sign language is a form of speech that is autonomous and not reliant on spoken language

The Change Makers team, consisting of Seher Taneja, Ashneet Sukhija, and Dahale Om Jayant, identified the need for effective gesture recognition technology that could break down communication barriers for the deaf and mute. With the guidance of their project mentor, Mrs. Mandeep Kaur Sukhija, they developed the concept of a smart glove that could recognize signs and convert them into sign language.

To bring their idea to life, the team developed wireless data smart gloves fitted with flex sensors. These sensors capture analog signals, which are then converted into digital signals by microcontrollers. The signals are then transmitted to a smartphone via Bluetooth and converted into text and voice messages.

To validate their idea, the team approached specialists in the medical field, including an ENT specialist and an Audiologist at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital in New Delhi. The specialists approved of the idea and called it a game-changer, as it offers a viable solution to communication barriers without requiring people to learn sign language.

The team conducted user validation and product testing, with a strong belief that the device would be a boon for children with different abilities. They hoped that the device would help these children feel integrated into the school systems and overcome any potential shortcomings in their education. The team plans to spread awareness about the device by reaching out to special schools, doctors, and hospitals.

During the lockdown period, the Change Makers team virtually approached special schools and conducted trials of the device at clinics, with many students finding it to be incredibly useful. The team hopes that more people will learn about their innovation and that the device will continue to undergo trials and reach a greater number of users.

The team explained their economic model, stating that they studied the management techniques of various companies that employ the deaf and mute for certain jobs. However, these companies have to train these employees every time they take on a new job, which costs around Rs. 15000 per person per job profile. This approach is not a sustainable long-term solution. In contrast, their device can be customized for any job with a one-time investment of Rs. 16000 if incorporated into mass production.

Collaborations between healthcare providers and insurance companies could be a viable possibility to cover a major portion of the expenses, as medical insurance can cover a significant portion of the cost. The team believes that a one-time investment for the device is far better than relying on many long-term, non-sustainable models.

Reflecting on their experience, the team emphasized that the ATL marathon gave them the opportunity to unleash their creativity and taught them that no problem is too trivial, and every problem has a solution, regardless of its complexity.

Throughout the program and the boot camps, the Change Makers got a better understanding of the topic which increased the range of their knowledge with hands-on experiences. This has been a golden opportunity for each team member and it’s a great evolutionary process for them.

School :- Springdales School South West Delhi, New Delhi

TEAM NAME :- CHANGE MAKERS
TEAM MEMBERS :- Seher Taneja, Ashneet Sukhija and Dahale Om Jayant
ATL IN-CHARGE :- Mandeep Kaur Sukhija

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