New tech making its way out of the IBM camp is attempting to help bridge the gap between those with and without their hearing. Called “SiSi” (for See It, Say It), it’s a program that creates an avatar capable of recognizing human speech and interpreting it directly into sign language. Great for sensitive meetings, or even in a pinch when a human isn’t available to translate, the technology is only capable of “reading” UK English for now. It is expected to find its way into already-popular deaf-accessiblilty products and integrate itself into things those without their hearing are already used to using. Seems much more useful than the avatar to the right. We don’t know much sign language, but we give this one a thumbs up!