Snapchat latest lens is called ASL Alphabet Lens – an American Sign Language filter – that teaches you how to fingerspell your name and practice alphabets.
In partnership with SignAll, Snap is encouraging everyone to learn the basics of sign language. SignAll’s technology is able to recognise and translate sign language through AI and computer vision, and its goal has been to aid conversation between deaf and hearing persons.
“Led entirely by Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing team members here at Snap called the ‘Deafengers’, the ASL Alphabet Lens teaches you to fingerspell your name, practice the ASL Alphabet, and play games that put new skills to the test,” the Snap team said in a blog post.
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“For native signers, in a world where linguistic inequity is prevalent, we believe AR can help evolve the way we communicate. We look forward to learning more from our community as we strive to continuously improve experiences for everyone on Snapchat,” it also added.
While it looks a lot like fun, it is mainly a way to bring ASL basics to more people. If you have the Snapchat app on your phone, you can access the filter here, or you can navigate to the filter while using the app and activate it. You can also search “ASL Alphabet” in the search tab, and you will see the lens. It offers teaching tutorials where you can learn some daily.
Note that there is a filter on Snapchat called “Fingerspell ASL by .RyLee” that can type letters as you sign them. This is not the same as the lens being talked about in this article.
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