Netributor.com

10 Aug
Inexpensive Smart Glove Translates American Sign Language Inexpensive Smart Glove Translates American Sign Language

Inexpensive Smart Glove Translates American Sign Language

Written by 

Researchers at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) have come up with a smart glove that can translate the American Sign Language (ASL) into text. The wireless device also incorporates a virtual hand that can re-create sign language gestures.

UCSD engineers have dubbed the device "The Language of the Glove," and it was built for less than $100. Printable and stretchable electronics were one of the keys to the design -- chiefly because they are low-cost, commercially available, and a snap to put together.

Researchers are also developing the smart glove for other purposes, such as technical training, telesurgery, and defense.

Timothy O’Connor, a nanoengineering Ph.D. student at UCSD and the first author of the study, said in a press release, “Gesture recognition is just one demonstration of this glove’s capabilities. Our ultimate goal is to make this a smart glove that in the future will allow people to use their hands in virtual reality, which is much more intuitive than using a joystick and other existing controllers.”

The device consists of a leather athletic glove and nine stretchable sensors attached to areas that line up with the backs of the knuckles -- a pair on each finger and one for the thumb. All of the sensors are attached with stainless steel thread to a small circuit board that's secured to the back of the wrist.

The sensors can recognize straight or bent hand joints, assigning a "0" for the former and a "1" for the latter. Each letter in the ASL alphabet matches up with a 9-digit binary code. The circuit board then "reads" each letter and transmits it via Bluetooth to a computer screen or smartphone.

Rate this item
(0 votes)
Read 1019 times Last modified on Tuesday, 25 July 2017 05:03
Jim Lillie

Jim began writing for newspapers and designing for publishing companies at a time when both industries were just beginning to make the switch from manual to digital platforms. Jim lives in Boulder, Colorado with his teenage son.

Website: www.jimlillie.com
Login to post comments
Home Our Blog Inexpensive Smart Glove Translates American Sign Language

Newsletter Signup

Live support

Available Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM EST

Connect with us

Netributor Main Offices

1

Canada

Email: accounts@netributor.com
2

Singapore

Email: accounts@netributor.com