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May 15, 2012

Sign language translator turns gestures into spoken letters, makes for a better world (video)

A group of Cornell engineering students has taken it upon themselves to bridge the communication gap for the hearing-impaired by creating a prototype robotic glove that uses accelerometers and flex sensors to translate complex American Sign Language hand signals into audible letters, with the hope of being able to eventually construct full sentences. Because the glove works wirelessly and with regular 9-volt batteries, the glove has a practicality that a bulky, immovable machine might not otherwise have. Check out this awesome and inspiring video for a demonstration and tell us your thoughts in the comments section!