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Device that translates American Sign Language into English


For deaf users of the American Sign Language, communicating with people who are not familiar with ASL can be a challenge.

Researchers at A&M University, Texas, have developed a wearable device that translates sign language into English by sensing the user’s movements. The device, which is still in the early stages, can recognize some 40 ASL signs with 96% accuracy.

The system uses two sensors, one that measures the user’s hand and arm speed and angle and begins to guess what word they might be signing.

There is a second sensor that can tell exactly what part of the hands and fingers are moving.

The sensors are worn on the user’s right wrist and the information gathered is sent via Bluetooth to a laptop that interpret the signs and displays the word in English on the screen.

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