Smart Glove: Voice Recognition for Sign Language Users

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Smart Glove: Voice Recognition for Sign Language Users Smart Glove: Voice Recognition for Sign Language Users
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Smart Glove: Voice Recognition for Sign Language Users

by Zak Stone

September 19, 2012

If the technology is successful, the implications for improving the lives of the speech and hearing impaired are endless. “Sign language only partially provides the ability to communicate—only in limited circumstances and among a limited group of people,” QuadSquad explains on their website. “Even something as habitual for the rest of us as shopping becomes problematic when a disabled person is confronted with a shop assistant who does not know sign language.” Using EnableTalk could allow someone to navigate such situations with an unprecedented level of ease.

Solar panels are also embedded in the gloves to keep the juice flowing even when there’s no time to charge. And the technology allows users to train the glove to recognize new gestures—since, just like spoken language, sign languages have their dialects.

Earlier this summer the team took home $25,000 as the software design winners at Microsoft’s Imagine Cup, money which will be used to help eventually bring the product to market–with a price tag under $100.

Image via EnableTalk

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