Hard on the back of a sign language translator app that we reported on back in March, an article on Tech Crunch has reported on a project called EnableTalk which translates sign language into text and speech, and has just won Microsoft’s Imagine Cup in Sydney.
The team of Ukrainian students have developed a set of gloves fitted with “flex sensors, touch sensors, gyroscopes and accelerometers” in order to translate sign language into text and then into spoken words using a computer. The hardware is said to cost around $75 and was inspired by deaf students who studied at the group’s school. The system can be modified by its users and can also be connected to Bluetooth.
On their website, the students said: “The goal of our project is to create a mobile device that can continuously recognize sign language phonemes.”
Read the full article here: http://m.techcrunch.com/2012/07/09/enable-talk-imagine-cup/