Glove translates sign language into text
News, January 30 2012
Not everyone can understand sign language that makes it difficult for people with hearing disabilities to communicate with people.
At a recent Google developers’ event in Tel-Aviv, Israel, a concept glove that could change the way people with hearing disabilities communicate was demonstrated.
Three developers, Saron Paz, Oleg Imanilov, Zvika Markfeld, and Tomer Daniel have developed a sign language interpreter glove works with ‘Show&Tell’, a custom android app to translate sign language into text on a smartphone.
The glove incorporates a number of sensors to detect hand gestures which are then interpreted via a smartphone android app to produce text. Flex sensors embedded in the fingers of the glove detect finger position while an accelerometer and tilt sensor detect hand movement and orientation as demonstrated in the video below.
The glove, which is still in its very early stages, would let someone who knows sign language speak in their native language while allowing someone to read the text version of what they’re saying on an Android app that it’s hooked up to.
In 2008, students at Carnegie Mellon University developed HandTalk as part of a class research project. Nearly 10 years ago, Ryan Patterson, a high school senior built a prototype of the glove that can translate American Sign Language into text with 10 sensors, a small circuit board containing a micro controller, analog-to-digital converter and a radio-frequency transmitter, watch the video below.
By Aqeel Qureshi