In practical use
Automated CG Sign-Language Generation System for Weather & Disaster Information
A bilingual corpus is used to convert electronic bulletins from JMA, the Japan Meteorological Agency, into the unique grammar of sign language. On the basis of the translated data, Sign-Language vocabulary is then loaded from a motion-capture database that stores approximately 8,000 basic expressions.
- Disaster info can be transmitted without delay to all persons, including those with hearing impairments.
- NHK created CG Sign-Language animations under the supervision of deaf linguists.
- Sign-Language interpreters may not be available when necessary; this system is available 24/7.
Through AI translation technology, NHK aim to develop a new service to support breaking news and many more in multiple languages. For the 2025 Deaflympics games in Tokyo, NHK hope to expand to international sign languages.