What is the Hand Talk app?
It is a free resource, available for smartphones and tablets that performs automatic translations for Sign Language (Libras - Brazilian Sign Language) through a virtual interpreter, called Hugo.
The app has been elected by ONU the World’s best social app, at the WSA - World Summit Award, held in Abu Dhabi in 2013.
Download now at www.handtalk.me/download
Who can use the app?
The app can be used by people of all ages, deaf or not, who are interested in learning and/or communicating using Libras (Brazilian Sign Language). And better yet, it's free!
Is my dispositive compatible?
See below for the list of supported operating systems and the requirements you need to use the app:
- iOS (Apple) Operating system from iOS 5.0. Devices: iPhone (3Gs or higher), iPad (all models), iPod Touch (all models). Internet access.
- Android Tablets and smartphones from the Android 2.3 version. ARMv7 processing structure, OpenGL 2 or higher. Internet access.
How can I translate in the app?
There are two main options:
- Text: You type or paste some text in the given field, send it, and right after the virtual interpreter of Hand Talk, Hugo, translates into Sign Language.
- Audio: By clicking on the microphone icon, the app captures the ambient audio and you can speak at that moment. Shortly after speaking you can click in the button with an "X" to end the recording. If the app identifies silence after the speech, it will send the content automatically. After that, wait a few seconds and view the translation.
Do I need the internet to translate?
Yes. In order to use machine translation your device must be connected to the internet. This is a common prerequisite for all the best automatic translation systems.
Every day several improvements and new signals are automatically inserted into the platform, so you need a connection. Otherwise, Hugo will only use the typology (spelling) of each translated word.
How to use translation history?
Just open the main menu by clicking the three horizontal bars icon in the upper left corner, clicking in the clock icon named "History." You'll see the list with the latest translations done. To view a translation again, click on the desired text and Hugo will perform the translation automatically.
If you'd like to delete an accomplished translation, simply click in the trash icon at the top of the screen in the History area and click the trash icon with an x on it. If you want to delete all history, click on the text "Delete All" from the top bar.
If you're using your iOS device, slide your finger over the phrase to the left to see the icons with these features.
Can I save the translations made in the app?
Yes. After performing a translation, access the history in the app menu and click on the heart icon. The translation will be saved in favorites.
Can I share the translations made in the app?
Yes. After performing a translation, click in the text bar to open the options, then click the export gif icon in the list.
How do I repeat a translation?
After performing a translation, click in the text bar to open the options, then click the repeat icon in the list.
How to increase or decrease the speed of translation?
After performing a translation, click in the text bar to open the options, then click in the arrow icon to accelerate or slow down the translation as your wish.
Do you have any suggestions to improve the app?
Send it to us! In the main menu click in the ‘Suggestions’ option. We’ll be happy with your participation, after all, the app is made for you.