Tuesday, December 5, 2023

A robotic arm that encourages inclusive sign language has won a national award

Thanos was created by the third year group from Don Bosco School, and was selected to participate in the National Science and Technology School Fair.

Pedro Ángel Rivera Hernández, Alessandro Adrián García Carazo, José Daniel Hernández Buruca and Brando Steven Rosales García are the creators of Thanos, a robotic arm composed of a didactic-educational tool designed to promote social inclusion to people with hearing disabilities.

It was created by this group of students belonging to the third year of the electronics baccalaureate at the school of Don Bosco, and was first presented during the Crea J 2023 fair.

Later Thanos was selected to participate in the Eureka fair, by the Ministry of Education, where the project was awarded first place.

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This 3D printed robotic arm with servomotors works through a cell phone application that, through a keyboard, sends a signal that the machine converts into sign language.

“The problem that the project consists of is to help the deaf to have better communication with people without disabilities, as well as to provide support so that these people can communicate through the robotic arm,” explained Pedro Ángel Hernández ..

The group also emphasized that in this way they intend to deepen the teaching of sign language, they also intend for it to serve companies, government institutions and organizations within their functions in favor of people with disabilities.

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“We consider this a future solution to a social problem,” added Hernández.

The students pointed out that winning the first place encouraged them to continue working on this project, to improve it in other branches, and to ask for advice to improve their communication skills.

“This is the result of a commitment that Salesian education has in which it seeks first for the young person to be a protagonist and second for him to be an agent of the incident of social, technological and human change,” explains Professor José Ángel, who has coordinated These works.

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