Toward an intuitive sign language animation authoring system for the deaf

Alexis Heloir; Fabrizio Nunnari
In: Universal Access in the Information Society, Vol. 15, Pages 1-11, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2015.


This paper presents an ongoing effort toward an online collaborative framework allowing Deaf individuals to author intelligible signs using a dedicated 3D animation authoring interface. The results that are presented mainly focus on the design of a dedicated user interface assisted by novel input devices. This design cannot only benefit the Deaf but also the linguists studying sign language by providing them with a novel kind of study material. This material would consist of a symbolic representation of intelligible sign language animations together with a fine-grained log of the user’s edit actions. Two user studies demonstrate how Leap Motion and Kinect-like devices can be used together for recording and authoring hand trajectories as well as facial animation.

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