Baidu AI Cloud launched a sign language platform on Thursday, able to generate digital avatars for sign language translation and live interpretation within minutes. Released as a new offering of Baidu AI Cloud's digital avatar platform XiLing, this new product aims to help break down communication barriers for the deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) community by boosting the accessibility of automated sign language translation. An AI sign language interpreter developed using the platform will perform its duties during the upcoming 2022 Beijing Winter Paralympic Games. Also released with the platform on Thursday were two all-in-one AI sign language translators, providing one-stop solutions with a streamlined set-up process and plug-and-use features. With the technological changes brought by AI, production and operational costs of digital avatars have been reduced to a significant degree, making it possible for AI sign language to scale up and serve more DHH individuals, said Tian Wu, Baidu Corporate Vice President.
Chinese TV will introduce the first AI sign language presenter in time for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. China Central Television (CCTV) and Baidu AI Cloud said the launch of the AI sign language presenter represents a huge leap forwards in'overcoming the barrier of sound with technology'. Nearly 28 million people in China are hearing impaired and about 430 million around the world also suffer from hearing loss. The launch of the AI presenter will allow the state broadcaster to include sign language services for viewers around the clock, and will start by giving updates of the Winter Olympics in Beijing early next year. The presenter achieves high-level sign language expression thanks to Baidu's natural action engine and their sign language translation engine.