Wristbands Translating Sign Language Into Speech WOULD Be Awesome…

Wristbands That Translate Sign Language Into Speech Would Be Awesome…but alas, this project is entirely fictional. A team of advertising students at the  Berghs School of Communication in Sweden submitted this concept video titled “Google Gesture” to Future Lions in Cannes.  The concept behind “Google Gesture” is to create an ingenious way to translate signing into spoken word: electronic wristbands that measure the wearer’s muscle activity, recognizing sign language symbols and speaking them through an Android device. It could quite literally give signers a voice.

Now, as mentioned a couple of times already, this concept is entirely fictional, although one student involved with the project says that Google indicates the technique is at least theoretically possible. The theory, in slightly more detail, is that Google Gesture as a way to enable signed conversation with those who don’t use sign language. The signer wears two electronic wristbands which measure arm position and read the nerve impulses of the hand and arm muscles to recognize sign gestures. The bands send this information to an Android app, which translates the signs using the phone’s voice.

Already, the students have won an award from the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity for the video. Maybe sometime soon, sign language to speech recognition could actually be a real thing…

[Thanks Berghs School of Communication via Mashable]

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