It’s estimated that there are at least 7,100 different spoken languages in the world, which can create opportunities for language barriers and even confusion. But this figure doesn’t take into account the different manifestations of sign language. Hadeel Ayoub has unveiled a new piece of technology, a smart glove that will translate sign language from hand gestures to audible dialogue and visual text on a screen, with further improved prototypes created. The glove compromises of flex sensors that can detect bends and curvatures of the fingers, when reporting the values to a serial monitor. Hadeel hopes to Wi-Fi enable the glove, so that it can send information directly to a tablet or smartphone, and she hopes to eliminate physical, language and disability barriers.

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