2 US students just won a prize for inventing the SignAloud gloves, a pair of gloves that translates American Sign Language to speech. But can these sign language translation gloves translate in the real world?
The idea of a wearable device that can translate sign language is certainly not new. Over the years, we’ve seen prototypes for everything from jewelry to gloves that promise to make it easier for deaf and hard of hearing people to communicate with the hearing world.
Every so often, someone will announce an amazing new invention to make sign language translation easy, automatic and convenient. The press gives them great coverage. Then, the excitement dies down, and the products go nowhere. So where are the sign language translator wearables? What are the obstacles that have kept them from mass production, and will these new sign language gloves make it out to the real world any time in the near future? Read more