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Sign language avatar creator wins $30,000 grant from Possibility Fund

News Summed Up 2020-08-01 05:30:00

A New Zealand company has come up with a game-changer for the deaf community - an expressive, hyper-realistic avatar called Niki who can appear at the bottom of any screen or device. Niki has been created by Kara Technologies, which uses artificial intelligence and animated digital characters to translate content into sign language. Tayebi realised that despite all the technological advances, there had been no meaningful improvement in accessibility for the deaf community. Working with the deaf community, Kara created Niki. Getty Images Minnie Baragwanath hopes to increase the Possibility Fund to $1 million in the next 12 months.