2019 Digital Craft
|Client||GERMAN YOUTH ASSOCIATION OF PEOPLE WITH HEARING LOSS|
|Category||E01. New Realities & Voice Activation|
|Product/Service||SIGNS SMART TOOL|
|Entrant||MRM//McCANN Frankfurt, GERMANY|
|Idea Creation||MRM//McCANN Frankfurt, GERMANY|
|Idea Creation 2||McCANN FRANKFURT, GERMANY|
|Production||DROPOUT-FILMS Mainz, GERMANY|
|Additional Company||DAS WERK Frankfurt, GERMANY|
|Additional Company 2||STUDIO FUNK Frankfurt, GERMANY|
|Sebastian Hardieck||McCANN Worldgroup Germany||Chief Creative Officer|
|Martin Biela||MRM//McCANN||Executive Creative Director, Head of LAB13 EMEA|
|Dushan Drakalski||McCANN Frankfurt||Executive Creative Director|
|Dominik Heinrich||MRM//McCANN New York||Vice President Global, Product Innovation & LAB13|
|Mark Hollering||MRM//McCANN||Director Creative Technology & LAB13, Germany|
|Chris Endecott||MRM//McCANN||Senior Copywriter / Concept & LAB13|
|Jan Portz||MRM//McCANN||Group Creative Director UX|
|Sebastian Klein||MRM//McCANN||IT Project Manager|
|Jawad Saleem||McCANN Frankfurt||Senior Art Director|
|Michael Klaiber||MRM//McCANN||Senior Motion Designer|
|Jerome Cholet||McCANN Woprldgroup Germany||PR & Communications Director|
|Nico Koehler||MRM//McCANN||Art Director|
|Sofia Paz-Vivo||MRM//McCANN||Trainee LAB13|
|Irini Sidira||MRM//McCANN||Junior Art Director|
|Klaus Flemmer||McCANN Worldgroup Germany||Head of Production|
|Michelle Mohring||German Youth Association of People with Hearing Loss||Chairwoman|
|Lucas Garthe||German Youth Association of People with Hearing Loss||Clerk|
Describe the creative ideaVoice assistants are changing the way we shop, search, communicate or even live. At least for most people. But what about those without a voice? What about those who cannot hear? Around 466 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss. With the SIGNS Project, we are creating awareness for digital accessibility and inclusion. SIGNS is the first smart voice assistant solution for people with hearing loss worldwide. It’s an innovative smart tool that recognizes and translates sign language in real-time and then communicates directly with a selected voice assistant service (e.g. Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or Microsoft Cortana). SIGNS is reinventing voice – one gesture at a time. Many people with hearing loss use their hands to speak. And that’s all they need to talk to SIGNS. How's the weather tomorrow? Change lights to blue. Find an Italian restaurant. Just speak, and SIGNS will answer.
Describe the executionMany people with hearing loss use their hands to speak. This is their natural language. Their hands are their voice. However, voice assistants use natural language processing to decipher and react only to audible commands. No sound means no reaction. SIGNS bridges the gap between deaf people and voice assistants, by recognizing gestures to communicate directly with existing voice assistant services (e.g. Amazon Alexa, Google Home or Microsoft Cortana). How's the weather tomorrow? Change lights to blue. Find an Italian restaurant. Just speak, and SIGNS will answer. SIGNS is based on an intelligent machine learning framework that is trained to identify body gestures with the help of an integrated camera. These gestures are converted into a data format that the selected voice assistant understands. The voice assistant processes the data in real-time and replies appropriately back to SIGNS. The answer is then immediately either displayed in text form or via visual feedback. SIGNS replaces voice assistants’ typical form of communication through audio signals with a visuality – but not only by displaying the word. The visual interface of SIGNS fulfills various requirements that are necessary for an intuitive experience. SIGNS follows the basic principles of sign language. Therefore, the SIGNS dictionary was developed – a set of symbols that are inspired by the hand movements. Just like with other voice assistant devices the user has to naturally interact with the device.
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