Enable talk gloves

Four Ukrainian students have created gloves that allow speech- and hearing-impaired people to communicate with those who don’t use or understand sign language. The gloves are equipped with sensors that recognize sign language and translate it into text on a smart phone, which then converts the text to spoken words.

That is from Time’s list of the notable inventions of 2012, the link to that item is here, the entire series starts here.  For the pointer I thank Matthew Petersen.


Time's list of greatest inventions has been suspect to me ever since the named the Ares 1 rocket the best invention of 2009. This is the financial and technical disaster that worked better as a bailout to ATK than a launch vehicle, and even a cursory overview would have revealed the myriad problems afflicting it to the reporter involved.

I wonder what hand sign typos look like. We have there and their.

I wonder what hand signs get mixed up and whether the program will fix the hand sign typos.

Writen on my Ipad.

Am I missing something, or couldn't they just enter the text on the phone and skip the glove?

Did you never see on TV how someone does a live translation of what is said into sign language?

Or can you type faster (on a phone, no less) than you speak?

For some reason I just assumed these sort of gloves were already available. I've seen them in (bad) science fiction that's at least 17 years old. Glad to find out they've actually been made.

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