App opens up new world at mu­seum

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

Sign lan­guage is the pre­ferred lan­guage for many deaf peo­ple, and the Signly app, now in use at the Roald Dahl Mu­seum and Story Cen­tre, in High Street, Great Mis­senden, de­liv­ers smart signed con­tent di­rectly to the user’s de­vice.

The vis­i­tor sim­ply opens the app and points it at a Signly logo to play the rel­e­vant video.

Sign lan­guage in­ter­preters ap­pear via the app, as if the vis­i­tor had brought their own in­ter­preter along in their pocket.

At the mu­seum, Signly users can for ex­am­ple, aim their smart­phone at the Signly la­bel po­si­tioned near Roald Dahl’s writ­ing chair to get signed con­tent about the ex­act­ing daily rou­tine he fol­lowed to cre­ate his fa­mous tales.

Users can enjoy the venue with­out hav­ing to make their ‘spe­cial needs’ known.

Signly was con­ceived and de­vel­oped by Mark Ap­plin, founder of In­ter­me­dia, and Deafax, a char­ity com­mit­ted to trans­form­ing the lives of deaf peo­ple through tech­nol­ogy.

The mu­seum is the first venue where visi­tors can use Signly.

The mu­seum sup­ported the cre­ation of the app and fa­cil­i­tated on-site user test­ing to im­prove the app ex­pe­ri­ence.

Mu­seum di­rec­tor Steve Gar­dam said: “We’re de­lighted to have been the first venue to trial the Signly app, as we strive to make our mu­seum more ac­ces­si­ble for more peo­ple. We love how Signly al­lows you to look ‘through’ your smart­phone and still see the mu­seum on the other side.

“Roald Dahl’s own in­ven­tive­ness led to the cre­ation of the WadeDahl-Till valve to help peo­ple suf­fer­ing with hy­dro­cephalus.

“Signly is en­tirely in this spirit of work­ing to­gether to find cre­ative and prac­ti­cal so­lu­tions.”

Signly is fill­ing a sub­stan­tial gap in the mar­ket. Users say the tech­nol­ogy has ‘ added a new di­men­sion’ to their lives.

Nine mil­lion peo­ple in the UK have hear­ing dif­fi­cul­ties. There are 45,000 deaf chil­dren. With 90 per cent of deaf young­sters born to hear­ing par­ents, Signly is the gate­way to the per­fect fam­ily day out.

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