06.10.15

SignLanguageGlove enhances communication for those with speech and hearing loss

AUTHOR: Inavate

Designer and student at Goldsmiths, University of London, Hadeel Ayoub is developing a smart glove that is capable of converting sign language into text and spoken dialogue. Dubbed the SignLanguageGlove, the wearable device features a number of sensors that can detect the specified finger and hand movements of sign language and process them into other communication mediums.

The SignLanguageGlove aims to increase the breadth of communication for people with hearing and speech disabilities. Currently on the third iteration, the device is equipped with five flex sensors to monitor the bends and curves of each finger. An accelerometer is used to detect the orientation of the glove. the first experimental version took signs and turned them into visual letters on a screen.

A newer and improved model is faster and more robust, featuring smaller, more discreet hardware and text that scrolled on a screen. The latest model also features a text-to-speech chip with the hardware sewn into the lining of the glove.

Future planned features include integrating language translation and the addition of wireless connectivity so that the SignLanguageGlove can work in tandem with smart devices. A better sensor for better mapping and smaller versions for children are also planned.

Ayoub hopes that the SignLanguageGlove will be available as a commercial product for schools and businesses to be supplied to students, patients and employees with hearing and speech loss.