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High-tech glove translates sign language into speech in real time

June 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A glove that translates sign language into speech in real time has been developed by scientists -- potentially allowing deaf people to communicate directly with anyone, without the need for a translator.

(CNN)A glove that translates sign language into speech in real time has been developed by scientists -- potentially allowing deaf people to communicate directly with anyone, without the need for a translator.

"Our hope is that this opens up an easy way for people who use sign language to communicate directly with non-signers without needing someone else to translate for them," said lead researcher Jun Chen.

"In addition, we hope it can help more people learn sign language themselves," he added.

Between 100,000 and 1 million people are estimated to use American Sign Language in the United States.

The researchers also added adhesive sensors to the faces of people used to test the device -- between their eyebrows and on one side of their mouths -- to capture facial expressions that are a part of American Sign Language.

Chen said the device is lighter than the wearable systems developed in previous attempts to create live sign language translating equipment.

More than 300 sign languages are used by more than 70 million deaf people across the world.

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