Gloves That Translate Sign Language Into Speech

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University of Washington undergrads Tommy Pryor and Navid Azodi have created talking gloves technology to help the deaf and mute communicate with the hearing world.

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According to the team, the primary audience for the device is the deaf and hard-of-hearing community and those interested in learning and working with American Sign Language.

The prototype — called SignAloud — won a $10,000 prize from the Lemelson-MIT program, which celebrates outstanding inventors.

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Using machine learning algorithms the system learns from a catalogue of examples of sign language.