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SoftBank to offer AI-based, real-time sign language translation

Japan mobile carrier aims to make system available to public by 2024

Softbank's sign language app uses AI to convert signs to Japanese text, allowing those with hearing impairments to converse with those who don't know sign language.  (Source photos by Nikkei)

TOKYO -- SoftBank will start providing an AI-based sign language translation service as soon as 2024 using a smartphone app that can turn 5,000 signs into Japanese text in one second or less, Nikkei has learned. 

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