A group of engineering students at the University of Houston have created a device called MyVoice, a unique gadget that will enable better communication between the hearing-impaired and those without a hearing disability. MyVoice eliminates the need for a sign language interpreter because it is designed to translate sign language into sound communication (and vice versa).
Containing a built-in speaker, camera, monitor and microphone, MyVoice operates like a motion-sensing device -- for example, Microsoft's Kinect -- by sensing gestures and hand movements, and then translating them into a sound version. It can also translate sound and voice into sign language, displaying the symbols on its monitor for the user.
MyVoice just won first place at the American Society of Engineering Education Gulf Southwest Annual Conference, and the creators are now looking for funding to develop the gadget even further.