Sign language is a great way for those who are hearing impaired to communicate with one another. But beyond the deaf community, its capacity for expression is restricted.
Students in Ukraine wanted to come up with a way to facilitate communication among deaf people and those outside of the community. They created a plan to build and sell gloves that can translate sign language into spoken language, allowing users to speak through their mobile devices.
Each complex glove boasts a "microcontroller, 15 flex sensors, [an] accelerometer, [a] gyroscope, and a compass in order to define the position of the glove in space, a Bluetooth module for data transmission from the gloves to a mobile device and a USB-port for the synchronization with the PC and for charging the Li-ion battery that provides power," reports The Atlantic. The gloves are also equipped with solar panels.
According to The Atlantic, the students took home a $25,000 prize from Microsoft after submitting the idea to the annual Imagine Cup.
It's truly amazing what technology can do!