Deaf News: New device to translate sign language into spoken language

Posted on February 15, 2013

You can take all your iPads, slimline laptops and versatile smartphones and ditch them. Chuck ’em away. Then buy this.

Giant Freaking Robot reports:

The “MyVoice” device is a small, handheld gizmo designed to translate American Sign Language into spoken English. It’s like sort of like Star Trek‘s universal translator, only targeted on one very specific type of communication.

So, how does it work? The MyVoice is composed of a built-in microphone, a speaker, a soundboard, a video camera, and a monitor. The prototype device basically looks like your average smartphone. The camera records the hand motions of a person speaking ASL, processes the video on the fly, and then serves up a spoken translation via an electronic voice. It can also work in the other direction, converting spoken words into sign language that is then displayed on the monitor.

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