(HERALD SCOTLAND) — A computer programme that translates sign language into written text could revolutionise the lives of the deaf and hard of hearing, according to scientists.

The software, which can be used on portable devices and provides near instantaneous translation, is the first of its kind.

Researchers at the University of Aberdeen hope the move will help young deaf people find work and communicate with colleagues.

“I’ve come out of retirement to support this project because I feel it’s so important,” says Dr James Christie from the university. “Since I am losing my hearing I now understand how isolating it can be if you can’t communicate. If you’re the signer and no one else can, you’re alone.”

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