Nowadays, people are living in the screen age where most of our time is spent looking at the screens of our computers, smartphones, and tablets. The innovative technology of smart devices allows us to watch movies and shows at the palms of our hands.
However, the Deaf community cannot experience the same thing that we do. It is more challenging for them to watch movies even though it has subtitles because the native language of them is sign language.
Sadly, people who are deaf are considered one of the lowest individuals in society.
They are always facing the challenges of the world which are basically designed for people with normal hearing. But these people sometimes take things for granted.
For example, these people are having a hard time choosing what movie they will watch while the deaf can’t even experience movies the same way that hearing people can.
Fortunately, a new Singaporean tech company named Wika Media has a great vision. They aim to unite the Deaf community and the hearing people through their innovative technology.
Wika Media wanted the Deaf community to watch the newest movie and experience the same deepness of emotions with everyone else.
If the people are laughing, crying or rolling their eyes at the new Marvel movies, the deaf should experience it too.
According to the co-founder of Wika Media, Roland Benzon, it is not impossible to make this vision a reality in Singapore and to the whole world.
The Innovative Technology of Wika Media
The latest application of Wika is SmartGlass or a set-top box in which the deaf can watch videos in their native sign language.
The innovative technology of their company allows it but the key feature of it is the basic human feelings which are all inspired by Roland’s own experiences.
There’s a lot of things that can still be improved to further help the deaf community in Singapore and the world.
But thanks to companies like Wika Media and labors that motivate innovation like the Alipay-NUS Enterprise Social Innovation Challenge, we are moving one step closer to a world of equality.
Ant Financial Services Group, the operator of Alipay, and the International Financial Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, have launched the 10×1000 Tech for Inclusion Program.
It is an initiative that encourages interactivity and creative ideas to 10,000 tech experts in developing markets from both public and private areas in the next 10 years.
Wika Media will join this upcoming 10×1000 workshop later this month in Ant Financial headquarters in Hangzhou, China.
This is the first time that the workshop is held in China after quite a lot of successful events in other countries.
The workshop will encourage social presence and worldwide sustainability through technology.
The tech leaders and local talents are expected to go home inspired to be “instruments for change” in the digital age.
This is a great worldwide movement that we should be glad to join or participate in. If you are interested in this movement, look at their mini-documentaries about Southeast Asian start-ups like Wika Media.
Let us share this information that we’ve learned today. Help us spread the word so that we can inform the Deaf community that they are important, and we care for them.