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HandTalk, Phone for the Hearing-Impaired

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cell Phones, Design, Science

HandTalkDesigners Bhargav Bhat, Hemant Sikaria, and Priya Narasimhan have designed HandTalk, a phone for the hearing impaired. The prototype glove uses the same gestures as does sign language, then translates them into audio, and plays back on a cell phone or other mobile device. Shown recently at the Carnegie Mellon University Center Expo, the HandTalk can only detect 32 words at this point, but its creators plan on expanding its vocabulary and integrating sensors and accelerometers to work with its flexor strips.

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Brilliant idea.Why didn’t i think of it.The ont in pic looks like a prototype,with further refinement and funding ,this can be productive.

This is really cool, but wouldnt it just be cheaper to type in the words you want to say, and have it use text-to-speech to output an audio?  They’re going to make this product so complex that while it is very useful, it will be too expensive for anyone who actually needs it!

My town that I live in has a School for the Deaf. I know several teachers there and this invention looks very cool. i hope they can implement it fairly quickly.

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