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App that translates sign language was born of necessityMany millions of people worldwide live with a disabling hearing loss. Now a team of deaf entrepreneurs is using motion-sensing tech to help the deaf and those who can hear communicate. CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports.
[MUSIC] Ryan Hait-Campbell was born deaf into a hearing family. There's no mistakes that a, many deaf people. Struggle with communication throughout their whole lives. He knows that struggle first hand. That's why he's developed software to translate sign language. Hello. My name is Ryan. The motion savvy team has built Uni, a tablet case embedded with Lead Motions gesture sensing technology to capture the sign language. And their latest model the motion detection range is greater than a foot. Sign language is not just about hands or wrists. Talks about full body signs. Yuni software interprets the signs. Checks them against a growing database of signs and translates them into spoken word. Where are you from? To enable true conversation the software will also transcribe spoken word into text. I'm from Milwaukee Wisconsin. So a deaf person can read it. [INAUDIBLE] Not have to worry about relying on others all the time. But most importantly, it gives us an ability to be independent. The late motion technology used by Motion Savvy has evolved to allow more precise finger tracking down to the joints. We think that it's, it's perfect level of accuracy. For these sort of more complicated applications that really require precise nuanced hand position. The MotionSavvy Uni is available for preorder on Indigogo for around $200. It's expected to ship at the end of 2015. In San Francisco, I'm Kara Tsuboi. Cnet.com for CBS News.