The Ukrainian team quadSquad (which consists of 4 students) has created gloves that allow speech- and hearing-impaired people to communicate with those who don’t use or understand sign language.
The list also includes such innovations as Google Glass, electric car Tesla Model S, The Curiosity Rover and other amazing innovations.
Enable Talk Gloves are equipped with 15 flex sensors and a microcontroller that recognize sign language and translate it into text on a smart phone via Bluetooth, which then converts the text to spoken words. Also it includes an USB connector for sync with a PC and for charging (solar batteries are built in as well).
The main advantage of the Gloves is their price compared to similar competitors. It will cost only 75$ per device while others cost more than 1K$ and have fewer sensors, use wired connections and don’t come with an integrated software solution.
BTW, The Ukrainian Team quadSquad has already won with their project the annual competition Imagine Cup 2012 in the category of Software Design, sponsored and hosted by Microsoft.
- Best Innovations of the Year 2012 (techland.time.com)
- Gloves Turn Sign Language Gestures Into Speech With App [VIDEO] (mashable.com)
- Ukrainian Students Develop Gloves That Translate Sign Language Into Speech (techcrunch.com)