App Review – Sign language Apps

Today I am going to be generous and give two Apps instead of one. As many who have used or even heard of iOS devices know accessibility is a major feature in them and especially functions like Siri that make communicating easier. I recently stumbled across two Apps which are similar and translate text/ voice to American Sign Language.

The first App is Speech2Sign by Parkland School District. I was really excited about this App but it doesn’t seem to work. I believe it is new and the App claims that it can convert your voice into sign. What it did for me was that it converted what I said into pictures of the letters of the alphabet in sign. So I could learn the letters that would allow me to sign those words. I thought the App would be more interactive than just getting pictures which were inaccurate during each trial I gave it. I also found that there is no obvious back button or menu so if I want to try another phrase I have to quit out of the App and restart. The App is a wonderful idea and I wanted so badly for it to work but unfortunately it doesn’t on either  of the devices I tested it on (an iPhone 5 and an iPad mini) Hopefully the developers are working on this and will update the features soon so when they do you will be able to download it from HERE

The second App as mentioned above has a similar theme and translates text to American Sign Language. Marlee Signs by MEDL Mobile features deaf actress Marlee Matlin and all and guides you through various every day phrases and if you want to spell out a word in sign you have to do is type in a phrase and the App will magically translate your phrase into ASL. Unlike Speech2Sign the App produces videos of Marlees translations so you do not have to rely on having to decipher pictures.  The App is initially free and offers a free pack of videos featuring Marlee these videos cover the alphabet, numbers, everyday words, questions and conversations. It is also free to translate a word you type into sign language. As optional add-ons for €1.79 these include around you, home, around town, around the world, and baby signs.

Trying to free features I was more than a little impressed and found it so much easier to learn from videos than pictures which is the only option that many sign language Apps offer.

I would definitely recommend people trying out the App since it is free to try and then you can decide if you want the add-ons. The App can be downloaded from HERE

App Review – Vision Test

Today’s App Review is Vision Test by 3 Sided Cube
This App gives you a quick eye test to measure your visual accuracy. Through a series of eye tests similar to what you would get at your optician the App tests your eyes and indicates any issues that may arise. Tests include checks for astigmatism, colour, duo chrome and visual acuity as well as asking you general questions about when was your last eye test and other Heath queries.

If the App discovers any areas which you may be failing at it highlights these and suggests that you visit an optician. The App is definitely no alternative to a trip to an optician but if you are having doubts about your eyesight at least you can have a clearer idea in the 2-3 minutes these tests take.

The App is free and can be downloaded from HERE

App Review – Organ Donor

Today’s App Review is Organ Donor ECard by the Irish Kidney Association.

This App isn’t exactly fun or educational or interactive or amusing but it is in my opinion a very important App.

Many people carry organ donor cards so that when the time may come the paramedics or doctors know that they wish to donate their organs. Over time these cards go from wallet to wallet or get lost and don’t get replaced or might have never been used in the first place the result being families having to make the tough decision on what to do.

This App prevents that. All you enter in the App is an image of yourself (for identification purposes if the inevitable happens), your contact details and next of kin and their contact details. The next of kin gets a text to say they have been added so you may want to let them know before that happens so as not to cause any possible upset.

Once all the info is in you can forget about it and just make sure the App is on the home screen of your phone so that if a doctor or paramedic picks up your phone they can see it.

The App is of course free and more durable than the card option so if you are considering being an organ donor definitely consider this App.

The App can be downloaded here.