Create an inexpensive glove that translates sign language into text
Engineers from the University of California, San Diego have developed a smart glove, which is able to convert Alphabet American Sign Language into text, and control virtual characters brush. The device has been called "The Language of Glove", and its production cost ridiculous money - just $ 100. Most of the parts for a penny purchased at any electronics store.
In addition to the ability to convert gestures into letters, the researchers gave your gadget supports a variety of applications for virtual and augmented reality. By means of such a device can be remotely controlled manipulators in the form of human hands, as well as perform many other very useful things. Previously, several teams of researchers have presented the world such projects. The uniqueness of this particular gloves is its low cost and that its sensors are made of stretchable material. This development could prompt other developers to create similar devices with new, even more impressive capabilities.
The stretch sensors change their resistance when they are folded or stretched. Brush system relaxed compared with "0" value, and a clenched fist - "1". When it comes to decoding the American sign language alphabet, the researchers had to create a binary code based on the number of monitored hand joints. For example, if we are talking about the letter "A" - the thumb straightened, and all other compressed - the code is "011111111", and the letter "B" - when the thumb is bent and straightened all other code will have "100000000". The glove had to be added as an accelerometer and pressure sensor to distinguish between letters like "I" and "J" - they have different gestures, but the same code. Currently the team is working on the next version of its gloves. According to the developers, it will allow to feel the touch of virtual objects while VR-games or control robot manipulators with integrated pressure sensors that send signals back contact. In the future, the glove can also provide voice synthesizer to sign language to voice through the built-in speakers or smartphone. All information about the device was published in the journal PLOS ONE.