Center on Access Technology's Projects: PopSign and BEACON


Student Alumni Union - Fireside Lounge

PopSign and PopSign AI are two apps that make learning American Sign Language fun and interactive. The aim of the game is to pop as many bubbles as you can; you match the video with an ASL sign on the bottom of the screen with the bubbles containing the written English word to pop the bubbles. They are intended to educate parents with Deaf and hard-of-hearing children in ASL, but they are open for anyone who wants to learn ASL vocabulary. You can download these apps from Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. BEACON (Broadcasting Emergency Alerts, Crisis Outreach and Notification) is an ongoing project that aims to develop an emergency alert system which is accessible to Deaf and hard-of-hearing people. It uses IoT devices and Raspberry Pi to trigger a visible and haptic system that warns and informs Deaf and hard-of-hearing people of an event with a high probability of mass casualties (e.g., natural disasters, nuclear meltdowns, and terrorist acts). This project is funded by a NSF CIVIC grant and CAT is partnering with Monroe County Office of Emergency Management along with other partners to develop this communication device designed for Deaf and hard-of-hearing people. The PopSign exhibit will have a number of electronic devices provided by our partners in Google for a hands-on demonstration of PopSign and PopSign AI. It will have a projector showing the game to people as it is being played. PopSign signs will hang on the wall behind the booth. On the table will be brochures, pens/styli for people to use on the provided phones and miscellaneous promotional materials. The BEACON exhibit will also show a number of electronic devices that will demonstrate the prototype of the emergency alert system to the public. It will have a M5 Stack and a lamp fited with a smart bulb.

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The logo of BEACON is in orange font against a navy blue background. White text beneath the logo reads "Broadcasting Emergency Alerts Crisis Outreach and Notification


PopSign logo in bubbly letters with a large bubble taking place of the first letter P

PopSign logo

PopSign AI logo--a green balloon is between two white letter Ps on a blue background. In the balloon are white letters that say "A.I."

PopSign AI logo


Student Alumni Union - Fireside Lounge


Allison Benz
Spencer Montan
Elizabeth Hanks
Thad Starner
Bill Neubauer

Spencer Montan, Elizabeth Hanks, Allison Benz

PopSign - CAT, Google, & GA TechBEACON - CAT, RIT/NTID, FEMA, Gallaudet University, University of Rochester, Rochester Recreation Club for the Deaf, Deaf Refugee Advocacy, Monroe County Office of Emergency Management, Rochester Fire Department

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