This innovative, wearable-tech glove translates American Sign Language into English speech in real-time via a smartphone app. Designed by UCLA bioengineers, this high-tech glove allows the hearing impaired who use sign language to directly communicate with those who don’t know how to sign. By eliminating this language barrier, there is no need for a translator.
The complete system includes a pair of wearable-tech gloves equipped with thin, stretchable sensors that expand to each of the five fingers. The sensors are made from electrically conducting yarns, that recognize hand motions and finger placement, which represent individual letters, numbers, words, and phrases.
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The finger movements turn into electrical signals, which are then sent to a tiny circuit board worn on the wrist. The circuit board transmits those signals wirelessly to a smartphone that translates them into spoken words at a reported rate of about a one-word per second. In all, the device recognized 660 signs, including the entire alphabet and numbers 0-9.