Wednesday, 06 Jun, 2012 Technology

Latest Invention: MyVoice - Device that Turns Spoken Words into Sign Language


A team of students from the University of Houston, who are into engineering tech and industrial design, recently came up with a device called MyVoice.

The gadget represents a prototype American Sign Language (ASL) translator that is equipped with a microphone, speaker, soundboard, video camera and display.

MyVoice should be placed on a hard level surface. It makes use of a camera that read hand gestures made by a deaf person. The signs are identified by a microprocessor, which then "says" the message to the hearing user through the soundboard and speaker.

It would be interesting to note that the device also works the opposite way, i.e. it listens to a speaking person and then translates the words into a number of pictures of ASL hand signs. The latter are shown on the screen.

Despite the fact that the gadget is just in its starting phase and more improvement is required, it still managed to win the 1st place among student projects submitted to the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) - Gulf Southwest Annual Conference.

[via University of Houston]

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