Monday, July 09, 2012

Cool science: Gloves that translate sign language into speech

This is pretty amazing - Ukrainian Students Develop Gloves That Translate Sign Language Into Speech:

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There is no dearth of impressive student projects here at the finals of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup in Sydney, but one of the six finalists that caught my attention was a project called EnableTalk by the Ukrainian team QuadSquad. There are currently about 40 million deaf, mute and deaf-mute people and many of them use sign language to communicate, but there are very few people who actually understand sign language. Using gloves fitted with flex sensors, touch sensors, gyroscopes and accelerometers (as well as some solar cells to increase battery life) the EnableTalk team has built a system that can translate sign language into text and then into spoken words using a text-to-speech engine. The whole system then connects to a smartphone over Bluetooth.
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July 10 - Update:

Ukrainian Students Win Microsoft’s Imagine Cup With Their Sign Language-To-Speech Translation Gloves

4 comments:

Fatcat said...

That is super cool. Do you know where I could go to look at the rest of the winners?

Lisa White said...

WOW! Clever!

fireborn gloves said...

Brilliant! Kudos to those who invented it. It will be a lot of help to deaf mutes as well as to people surrounding them.

Henry Cate said...

It is pretty amazing.

Here are the winners:

http://www.imaginecup.com/CompetitionsContent/Competition/WorldwideFinalists.aspx