The Motion Light Lab will create an animated short story using motion capture technology to build a 3D signing avatar to tell the story of Eyeth. Eyeth is a traditional folktale in the Deaf community. The aims of this project are to revive the folktale, and create a version that emulates our outlook to the future, expand our production pipeline in 3D development, and contribute to our ASL literature in new forms.
The Motion Light Lab will implement a "train-the-trainers" model in order to empower deaf individuals with the digital technology and app development skills necessary to create storybook apps. These storybook apps support deaf children's access to literacy. We are rolling out a nationwide curriculum using our award-winning VL2 Storybook Creator platform; this effort will to facilitate deaf participation in STEM fields and increase their experience and skills for future employability.