A group of brilliant students from Cornell University, as seen the picture above, little further away from Rochester Institute of Technology, has created an amazing prototype that may finally break the communication barrier between the Deaf and hearing people.
These students created a glove that can recognize letter hand-shaped then the glove will send the signal wirelessly to the machine that converts the signal into spoken letter. So far, it works. Although, it is still work in progress, we are hoping to see if the glove can recognize a signing word, which would be awesome. We are hoping to get an interview with them to see how it works in person. Cornell University is not too far away from RIT, it is about an hour away.
Check out the video below: (not closed captioned)
The sign language translator we have developed uses a glove fitted with sensors that can interpret the 26 English letters in American Sign Language (ASL). The glove uses flex sensors, contact sensors, and accelerometers in three dimensions to gather data on each finger’s position and the hand’s motion to differentiate the letters. The translation is transmitted to the base station, which displays as well as pronounces the letter and also interfaces with the computer. On the computer there is a game which tests the user’s ability to sign, which can be used for sign language education.
Source: Sign Language Translator