Kinect-Powered Sign Language Converter Helps The Deaf Converse
Japanese researchers create a new way for normal listeners and the hearing-impaired to communicate.
Researchers in Japan are starting to develop a system that recognizes sign language and automatically converts it into Japanese characters – only requiring a commercial motion sensor such as the “Microsoft Kinect.”
Mizuho Information & Research Institute Inc and Chiba University aim to improve communications between hearing-impaired people and normal listeners, with plans for a prototype to be available in October 2013, and a full-fledged version in 2014.
The system uses four steps to achieve its goal: