Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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Translating gloves: talk with your hands

Student projects cannot be underestimated by any means. A group of Ukrainian students have managed to develop gloves that translate sign language into speech in the form of student project.




This project won Microsoft’s Imagine Cup (2012). As explained in the video below, these gloves are fitted with flex sensors, touch sensors, gyroscopes and accelerometers. These are turned by the EnableTalk team into a system that translates sign language into text and then into spoken words which is finally transmitted into a smartphone over Bluetooth.

There are about 40 million deaf, mute and deaf-mute people in the world but sign languages vary around the world and from region to region. The advantage of these gloves is that the users can “teach the system new gestures and modify those that the team plans to ship in a library of standard gestures.”