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New gloves are able to convert sign language

By T.K. Randall
April 24, 2016 · Comment icon 11 comments

Understanding sign language typically requires a lot of training. Image Credit: US Navy
Two sophomore students have invented gloves that can turn American Sign Language in to spoken words.
The remarkable invention, which has been developed by Navid Azodi and Thomas Pryor at the University of Washington, could make it possible for a deaf person to communicate with anyone regardless of whether or not that person is able to understand sign language.

The gloves work using a complex array of sensors that can detect the user's hand movements and convert them in to words which a computer voice synthesizer then speaks out loud.
"Our gloves are lightweight, compact and worn on the hands, but ergonomic enough to use as an everyday accessory, similar to hearing aids or contact lenses," said Pryor.

The pair, who created the gloves in the CoMotion MakerSpace collaborative workshop, have been awarded a $10,000 grant after winning the annual Lemelson-MIT Student Prize.

A demonstration of the gloves in action can be viewed below.



Source: Discover Magazine | Comments (11)




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Comment icon #2 Posted by MissJatti 8 years ago
Hopefully soon we'll be hearing SignAloud SingAlongs. Yeah... in a computerized voice. in... the... jungle... the... mighty... jungle.... the... lion.. sleeps... tonight...
Comment icon #3 Posted by Eldorado 8 years ago
Yeah... in a computerized voice. in... the... jungle... the... mighty... jungle.... the... lion.. sleeps... tonight... Shout. Shout. Let it all out.
Comment icon #4 Posted by seeder 8 years ago
Stephen Hawking cant sign.... but his synth can talk.... why need gloves?
Comment icon #5 Posted by DeeSember 8 years ago
Stephen Hawking cant sign.... but his synth can talk.... why need gloves? Maybe the gloves are protection in case they are talking dirty with someone?
Comment icon #6 Posted by Chibadiba 8 years ago
"Our gloves are lightweight, compact and worn on the hands" where else would you wear gloves?
Comment icon #7 Posted by Cat_From_Hell 8 years ago
But isn't the whole point of sign language to communicate without talking? People should be encouraged to learn it themselves so they can sign back at the person, These gloves may help someone who doesn't use sign language but it doesn't help them communicate back.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Biggz 8 years ago
The point is to help them ease communication in their everyday life. Not everyone knows sign language, so imaging if you were mute and wanted to ask for directions or w/e else you might need and that person doesn't understand sign language...Well these gloves are perfect for situations like these. I didn't dig into this but it would be cool if they had many different languages, which i'm sure they probably do.
Comment icon #9 Posted by BeastieRunner 8 years ago
The point is to help them ease communication in their everyday life. Not everyone knows sign language, so imaging if you were mute and wanted to ask for directions or w/e else you might need and that person doesn't understand sign language...Well these gloves are perfect for situations like these. I didn't dig into this but it would be cool if they had many different languages, which i'm sure they probably do. When I can't sign, I pull out a pen and paper.
Comment icon #10 Posted by seeder 8 years ago
But isn't the whole point of sign language to communicate without talking? People should be encouraged to learn it themselves so they can sign back at the person, These gloves may help someone who doesn't use sign language but it doesn't help them communicate back. doesnt really help with blind people tho does it?
Comment icon #11 Posted by Cat_From_Hell 8 years ago
doesnt really help with blind people tho does it? Silly me never even considered that.


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