Engineers at UCLA may have created a glove tool that can use a mobile app to turn English Sign Language to speech in actual time.
The device consists of a couple of gloves with small, elastic sensors that operate the distance of each five fingers, researchers add. Such sensors are capable of identifying finger placements and hand movements that represent numbers, individual letters, phrases, and words.
Those finger motions are transformed into electrical sings that are sent on the wrist to a small circuit board. The board is transmitting signals to your smartphone, which converts them at a rapid rate into words that are spoken.
“Our promise is that these gloves will provide an easier way for residents who are using sign communication to interact straight forward with non-signers without the need for anyone else to transcribe for them,” said Mr. Jun Chen, lead researcher on the investigation when speaking with ScienceDaily.
“On top of that, we promise it will assist more people themselves to understand sign language.
“About 100,000 to 1 million who are using sign communication in The United States, according to public health officials. Someone in the deaf society did raise some wonders about the invention ‘s necessity and purpose.
“What creations like sign gloves utterly disregard is the actual truth that deaf people are probably the only ones who live such everyday lives in hearing groups that the inventors are attempting to support,” Julie Hochgesang, told CNN.
“Deaf residents are disparate in the way people describe themselves. Creations such as sign gloves pigeonhole the deaf and placing the burden of communication on the deaf.”
Gabrielle Hodge, a 2deaf a post-doctoral investigator from (DCAL), said to the news web that the breakthrough is “redundant” as deaf communicators can now use text into speech mobile apps, or even paper and pen when they interact.
Those within the deaf society were not as pleased, saying that deaf signers may already have devices to communicate with them. “It would be easier if, in the first place, software concentrated on user-centric and user-driven design,” deaf post-doctoral investigator Gabrielle Hodge told the CNN. It can, however, also serve as an informative instrument. “We believe we will help more people themselves get to know the sign language,” Chen said.
Deaf people always have a hard time communicating with other people. Yes, they can use Google text to speech (https://cloud.google.com/text-to-speech)or write it down on a piece of paper. But, with these gloves, they don’t have to put in the effort.
Imagine how easy will be when you come across a deaf person and they immediately communicate with you – just by moving his fingers. The time of getting the phone of your pocket and typing it will be replaced by faster methods that will take less than several seconds to tell a sentence.
As our technology goes through great evolution, we can expect to have even better and easier methods and systems… for everyone who is deaf or any other difficulties.