Students Develop Gloves Designed to Translate Sign Language

Two students from the University of Washington have been awarded the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for the creation of a pair of gloves that translates American sign language into text or spoken speech.

The Lemelson-MIT Student Prize rewards the most inventive undergraduate and graduate students across the nation. This year’s winners, Navid Azodi and Thomas Pryor used their collective skills to create a prototype for their invention they’ve named “SignAloud”.

The gloves use sensors that record the hand position and movement, then send that data wirelessly through Bluetooth to a central computer system. The computer analyzes the gesture data using sequential statistical regressions that are similar to a neural network. When the data match a particular gesture, the corresponding word or phrase is spoken through a speaker in the gloves.

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