China's Wulala Technology Company has launched a high-tech smart glove that is designed to translate deaf users' sign language gestures into speech and text and vice-versa, allowing them to enjoy better and more convenient communication with people of hearing.
Aptly dubbed the Sign Language Translation Glove, this device works in conjunction with a companion smartphone app. The glove itself is fitted with sensors that keep tabs on the posture of fingers, while an included inertial measurement unit assesses the glove's position and its movement in space, before combining this information to generate the input needed to generate speech or text.
The gesture being made by users wearing the smart gloves is then transferred to their phone via Bluetooth and conveyed through their smartphone app through speech and text. The person with hearing can then speak into the deaf user's mic to have their speech translated into text and animated sign language, to complete the communication relay.
Currently the subject of a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, the Sign Language Translation Glove can be obtained for a pledge of $704 or an eventual retail price of $3,000.
Image Credit: Wulala Technology Company