Two University of Washington students exercised their creativity in a maker space and created a pair of gloves that won them a $10,000 prize. Obviously, they weren’t just ordinary gloves. These gloves can sense American Sign Language (ASL) and convert it to speech.
The gloves sense hand motion and sends the data via Bluetooth to an external computer. Unlike other sign language translation systems, the gloves are convenient and portable. You can see a video of the gloves in action, below.
The gloves won the Lemelson-MIT student award. The computer uses a neural network-like algorithm to examine the gesture data. When it finds a match, the associated word or phrase is spoken through a speaker. We wish we had more details to share about the inner workings, but we probably haven’t seen the last of these two guys.