Free language databases didn't work for us
My name is David Retek. I supervise all technological processes of creating the first-in-the-world automated sign language translation system. It translates from American Sign Language (ASL) to English. In this article, I will tell you why we refused to use open-source sign language (SL) databases and created our own. Also, I will offer a sneak peek into how we do it and why it is unique (spoiler alert – it’s because of the way we collect non-manuals and annotate data).