Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a way to create speech from gestures.

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed new technology that enables a person to speak or sing by gesturing with their hands to control a voice synthesizer. It is said to mirror the processes that humans use when they control their own vocal apparatus.

Prof. Sidney Fels, Prof. Robert Pritchard and Johnty Wang, a master’s student in electrical and computer engineering, are the team behind the Digital Ventriloquist Actor, or “DiVA.” Special gloves with 3D position sensors locate the hand in space and convert gestures into sounds, with different glove postures associated with certain areas in the audio spectrum.

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