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There are approximately 32 million deaf children globally and many struggle to learn to read, often due to a lack of resources bridging sign language and reading. We believe that technology can help to open the world of books to deaf children and their families.
This is why we developed StorySign, a free app powered by Huawei AI that reads selected children's books and translates them into sign language. We wanted to create an authentic reading experience and make it possible for families with deaf children to enjoy an enriched story time.

The Power of AI

At Huawei, we believe in the power of AI and we are committed to using technology to try and extend the boundaries of what is humanly possible.

To offer the best experience and showcase the difference having AI on your smartphone can make, on Huawei devices including the Mate 20 Pro, StorySign is optimised in the following ways:

Natural Reading - HiAI’s Image Recognition allow children to hold the phone up to a 45-degree angle to the book and the app will still recognise words perfectly.

High Accuracy - HiAI’s OCR (optical character recognition) allows the app to function with a  greater degree of accuracy. 

Speed - The AI performance will also power the speed at which pages from the book can load in the app, allowing for an improved user experience.

What is StorySign?

StorySign is a free app, that reads selected children’s books and translates them into sign language, to help deaf children learn how to read. 

StorySign is easy to use in a few simple steps. First, the child or parent opens the app and clicks on the selected book from the StorySign library. Next, they hold their phone up to the words on the page and our friendly avatar, Star, signs the story as the printed words are highlighted. This allows parents and children to learn to sign and read together at their own pace.

Meet the Star of StorySign

This is Star. She is our friendly avatar that was designed by Aardman Animations to bring books to life through sign language. Working with our charity partners, we used state-of-the-art motion capture technology to ensure that Star's facial expressions and hands deliver perfect real-life sign language. Now, deaf children can enjoy wonderful stories just like their hearing friends.

Download for Free

Download StorySign for free from the Google Play Store or HUAWEI App Store.*

*Physical copies of the books are not included.

Donate to Our Charity Partners

Right now, millions of deaf children are struggling to enjoy the wonderful world of books. By making a donation to our charity partners, you are supporting deaf literacy projects across Europe, including the future development of StorySign.

StorySign is supported by many charity partners including the European Union of the Deaf, Deaf Australia Inc and the British Deaf Association and was designed by Aardman Animations, with a classic children’s book from Penguin Random House.