Abdelkareem Bedri (Grantee)
2009
Sudan

While studying engineering at the University of Khartoum, Abdelkareem Bedri started looking for ways to put his education to work to make a difference in people’s lives. It didn’t take long before he conceived of a device that would translate Arabic sign language into an audible voice enabling the deaf to be heard. The glove fit snuggly onto the hand of a deaf individual and contains sensors that transmit information to a microcontroller as the wearer moves his or her hand to sign. The microcontroller then activates a small speaker which emits the corresponding words.