Thomas Pryor and Navid Azodi of the University of Washington are the $10,000 Lemelson-MIT “Eat it!” Undergraduate Winners for their invention SignAloud, gloves that translate sign language into text and spoken English through a speaker.
Their invention is a pair of gloves that recognizes hand gestures and movements that correspond to words and phrases in American Sign Language. Each glove contains many sensors that record hand position and movement and send data wirelessly via Bluetooth to a central computer. The computer looks at the gesture data through various sequential statistical regressions, similar to a neural network. If the data match a gesture, then the associated word or phrase is spoken through a speaker.
This could revolutionize the lives of the hearing impaired.
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