A New Smart Glove Translates Sign Language In Real Time

A New Smart Glove Translates Sign Language In Real Time
Design

For less than $100, the wearable immediately turns hand signals into digital text

Jiwon Kim
  • 19 july 2017

American Sign Language can now be translated in real time into digital text. Researchers at UC San Diego were able to develop a smart glove that facilitates this whole interaction. The glove itself costs less than $100 to create, with two sensors on each finger and one sensor on the thumb. These sensors are able to measure any electrical resistance changes when a finger is moved for signaling.

Each letter that is signed by a wearer has a different combination of electrical resistance. A small computer on the glove is able to comprehend which letter the wearer is indicating. Then this interpreted signing is translated via Bluetooth to a smartphone or a computer, appearing as digital text.

The beauty of this glove is that it is fairly inexpensive and does not need cameras or infrared sensors to perform the translations. This smart glove provides an easier way for those who are fluent in ASL to communicate with those who are not.

UC San Diego

 

American Sign Language can now be translated in real time into digital text. Researchers at UC San Diego were able to develop a smart glove that facilitates this whole interaction. The glove itself costs less than $100 to create, with two sensors on each finger and one sensor on the thumb. These sensors are able to measure any electrical resistance changes when a finger is moved for signaling.

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