High Tech Gloves Translate Sign Language into Text and Voice

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SlateNewsChannel video about the new sensor-heavy gloves that translate sign language users’ gestures into text and voice.

How will this effect the Deaf Community and those who are speech impaired? Will they welcome the technology or will there be similar controversy as there is surrounding cochlear implants? EnableTalk doesn’t involve surgery but it will effect Deaf Culture.

Video transcription provided by Slate.com:

Could modern technology provide a huge leap forward for sign language users who want to communicate with the rest of us?

A team of Ukrainian engineers have developed something called EnableTalk—a set of gloves that translates sign language into text and then spoken words with flex sensors, touch sensors, and gyroscopes. For the millions of users around the world, the relatively cheap $75 technology could facilitate communication with those who don’t use or understand sign language. Better yet, EnableTalk has the ability to learn new and altered gestures, allowing for regional variations and dialect.

Unveiled in Sydney, Australia this week at Microsoft’s Imagine Cup competition, the EnableTalk gloves are probably a long way off from getting onto store shelves. But when and if they do, we can’t wait to teach them some new moves. Let’s just avoid giving a pair to MIA.

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Tara "Masery" Miller is a Neo-Pagan panentheist Gaian mage living in the Ozarks with her husband and pets. She's also a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church. She is the editor of Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul which you can find at Immanion press. www.immanion-press.com/info/books.asp She has a minor is religion from Southeast Missouri State Missouri State University with an emphasis in mysticism. Masery has lead various groups over the years and organized Pagan Pride Day events. Her magic and author page is at www.taramaserymiller.com