Creators of American Sign Langauge gloves win prestigious award

Two American students, Navid Azodi and Thomas Pryor have won the USD 10,000 Lemeson-MIT prize for developing SignAloud, the gloves that translate the gestures used in American Sign Language into text or speech.

The gloves are light in weight and do not come in the way of the user's ability to sign with ease.

Most adaptive devices slow down the flow of conversation so the students worked on a system that helps translate ASL better.

The SignAloud gloves still need more work before it can be used widely and Azodi and Pryor are working with the deaf community to refine their product into one that will serve both the deaf and hearing communities.

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