The Hands Can Talk platform turns sign language into speech in real time, improving communication for deaf and hard of hearing people. From Saudi startup KinTrans, the project uses Microsoft Kinect technology to discern hand gestures and translate it into audible speech for hearing audiences. It was designed as part of the Turn8 accelerator program.
Hands Can Talk is intended for formal speaking events like a lecture where the Kinect sensors are placed in front of the person on stage. After a short acquaintance period, the system can recognize gestures and is able to translate in real time. It can be programmed in a number of languages, including English and Arabic, so it can cross boundaries of language and national origin as well.