Technology that allows the instant translation of languages, from services such as Google Translate, has made significant strides braking down language barriers. However it has yet to make much dent in spoken languages, and perhaps even less in sign language. Which is why the six designers from Asia University developed the concept for the Sign Language Ring. A device that enables deaf and mute people to communicate without an interpreter.

As the winner of this year's Red Dot awards for design concepts, the device consists of six detachable rings that are placed on specific fingers. These detect motion and their position in relation to each other, which is then translated into spoken words emitted through a speaker on the corresponding bracelet. At the same time, a microphone records the spoken message from the counterpart and transcribes it into a written message displayed on the bracelet's screen. To save time and avoid misunderstandings the user can pre-record finger movements and assign related words to it. Even the design is modern,  almost futuristic, apparently inspired by Buddhist prayer beads.

Much like the braille-esque comic book, Life, or the Hands On Search Machine, this is another great example of creative thinking helping people overcome their disabilities.