This wearable translates sign language into voice

Showing is a new wearable sign language translator that can translate sign language gestures into voice, and voice into text.

The device will make it easier for deaf people to communicate with hearing people, and vice versa. The wearable armband detects the muscle actions of the wearer, and converts it into speech through a small speaker.

Showing can also detect speech from others and covert it into text that appears on the armband.

The device has been invented by two university students from China. One of them, Wang Nana, said she had a friend with a hearing impairment, and wanted to do something to help communication.

The device won the first prize in an open design challenge by the United Nations and the Chinese tech company Baidu. It can translate 200 Chinese Sign Language gestures, but more are added each day.

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