UBS Group has been granted a patent for a video relay service system that automatically translates sign language into verbal language during real-time communication sessions. The system includes a server with an AI translation engine to facilitate communication between users without the need for human interpreters. GlobalData’s report on UBS Group gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s company profile on UBS Group, Syngas production was a key innovation area identified from patents. UBS Group's grant share as of January 2024 was 88%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Automated sign language translation during video phone communication

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: UBS Group AG

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11848026B2) outlines a video phone system designed to provide automated translation services during real-time video phone communication sessions between multiple users. The system includes a video communication device for the near-end user, a far-end communication device for the far-end user, and a video relay service connecting the two devices. An AI translation engine within a server analyzes audio streams from the devices and automatically translates voice content into sign language without the need for a human interpreter. This sign language content is then transmitted back to the users in real-time, enhancing communication accessibility.

Furthermore, the patent details a method and a non-transitory machine-readable storage medium for implementing these automated translation services. The method involves establishing connections between communication devices, using the AI translation engine to convert audio streams into text and sign language content, and transmitting this content back to the users. Additionally, the system can convert text into a simulated avatar format for further clarity. The machine-readable storage medium contains executable instructions for the server to perform these operations seamlessly, ensuring efficient and accurate translation services during video phone communication sessions. Overall, this patented technology aims to improve communication accessibility and inclusivity for users engaging in real-time video conversations.

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