African Engineer Invents ‘Talking Gloves’ for the Deaf

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Roy Allela is a 25-year-old engineer and inventor from Kenya, who has invented gloves that can translate signed hand movements into audible speech.

Yes, Allela’s invention allows deaf people to “talk,” or actually verbalize their thoughts, to people who do not “speak” sign language.

How The Gloves Work

Inspiration: People over Profit

“My niece wears the gloves, pairs them to her phone or mine, then starts signing and I’m able to understand what she’s saying,” explains Allela.

But how does his niece — or any other deaf person — “know” or understand what their hearing partner is saying to them?

“Like all sign language users, she’s very good at lip reading, so she doesn’t need me to sign back,” Allela told The Guardian.

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I cannot not also notice that he is obviously black and African. I also will not and cannot pretend, therefore, to be “colorblind” here and just praise him for coming up with such a practical, user-friendly, and much-needed solution to an age-old, universal and thoroughly human problem….Again, I will not act like I don’t notice that the man is black….Why not?


Each and every single time I run across stories like Mr. Allela’s, I cannot help but wonder how many cures for cancer and other horrible diseases and conditions have been lost; how many life-saving devices and techniques or labor-saving gadgets have never been invented; how many brilliant ideas and deep philosophies and ideologies and “thought experiments” have never been discussed, conducted or come to fruition; how many essays, articles, books, plays, recipes (for goodness sake), and even constitutions have never been written — all because of the inhuman, inhumane, brutal, uncivilized, and evil 500-year reign of white supremacy, white racism, and white nationalism.

I have argued for many years that there is no problem, big or small, on this earth — political, social, cultural, economic, and/or environmental — which cannot and will not be solved unless and until white supremacy is finally, totally destroyed, root and branch, once and for all time to come.

Feel-good stories like Mr. Allela’s only make me lament not only what could have been, but what should have always been all along!

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