A simple integrated solution that can capture, translate and convert the hand signs performed by the user.

What is it?

Kommunic8 is a simple integrated solution that can Capture the hand signs performed by the user, Translate the captured sign into normal conversational text, Convert the conversation text into voice or image using mobile phone or laptop.

Kommunic8 is an intelligent sensor enabled hand glove that users can wear in hands. This intelligent glove allows users to interact with outside world – human social setup as well as the devices and objects. It has sensors in side the glove that can capture the sign language and convert the signals to sounds.

How is it used?

It will be worn on a body (hand glove)

What technologies does it incorporate?

It has multiple sensors to sense the hand and finger movements. It combines the gesture data with intelligence of the smart communication language for the mute and deaf people and transmits the same to various output channels based on the use-case.

How does it work?

Our vision for developing Kommunic8 is to transform the lives of millions of fellow citizens who are deprived of normal social life due to full or partial hearing and speech disability. There are more than 2 Million people across the globe suffer through speech and hearing disabilities. 50% of such people drop out after primary education in India. In some states, the drop out rate is 95%+. We would like to touch the existence of at least 10,000 speech and hearing disabled fellow countrymen in India by end of the year by unlocking their ability to communicate with the world around them and thus gifting them a much more fulfilling life.

In emergency situations, such speech and hearing disabled (SHD) people can use this solution for sending alerts and messages for help to the authorized users who might be at far away places. With communication barrier drastically reduced through such a solution, such people can easily lead closer to a normal life in following social scenarios that make a big difference in their life:
1) Day‐to‐day social communication – in the public engagement, SHD people can easily communicate with other people such as their friends, street vendors and
shopkeepers etc.
2) Indoor engagement at home – when at home, the intelligent Kommunic8 solution will not only allow the SHD people to communicate with other members
of the family but also can allow to interact with devices at home where speech and hearing could be medium of engagement.
3) Professional job opportunity – with such a solution, SHD people can quickly adopt and easily develop proficiency for performing various jobs and get
opportunities in much larger job market.

Today, there is absolutely no solution in the market that practically fulfills what our solution has set out to achieve. Our initial discussions with the special schools and organizations catering to SHD people’s well being clearly indicate that Kommunic8 is in a sweet spot between technology readiness and market demand.

Here is how it fits with the innovation principles:
Cost effective – aimed at 50$ prototype and further down to 25$ retail price range for users to be able to afford this product
Low power – has optimized processing needs in the device, extended computing made available on the cloud to reduce the battery needs
Rugged – intended to be waterproof, reasonably sufficient heat proof and built to last for 2-3 years.
Scalable – Can adopt multiple languages, has high degree to customization of sign languages
Design with users – We have been very closed working with deaf and mute people to build highest degree of usability in the product in last 18 months.
Sustainability – engaging the NGOs and government support systems to figure out the extended deployment scale across the nation
Reuse and modularity – by design built modular to be able to evolve different parts of the solution independently and integrate well for different class of solutions

Who uses it?

It is meant for the deaf and mute people. We are especially looking to make a big difference for small children who don’t need a huge complex communication vocabulary but it could be a life-changing for their parents/well wishers.

Why does it help?

It allow the curse of silence in the life of deaf and mute person to eradicated and turn it into day-to-day conversations full of life. It makes their life worth living daily.


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Team Members

Dhananjai Bajpai, Rakesh Mishra

Focus Area(s)

Alert/Response, Behavior Change, Data Collection/Data Insight

UNICEF Pillar(s)

Education, Social Inclusion

These pages have been pulled directly from applications submitted to the Wearables for Good Challenge in 2015. They represent the work of the individual teams and have subsequently not been edited.


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