Scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) developed a glove that translates American Sign Language into speech in real time.
This means this invention will allow deaf people to communicate directly to anyone without the need for a translator.
According to a CNN report, the wearable device has sensors running along the four fingers and thumb. They identify each word, phrase or letter in the American Sign Language.
Later on, these signals will be sent wirelessly to a smartphone.
It will translate the signs into spoken words at a rate of one word per second.
In addition, researchers also put sensors to the faces of people to capture facial expressions that are part of the said language.
UCLA researchers said this will allow deaf people to communicate to others in their everyday lives.
“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.
Nonetheless, the team also encourages people to learn it themselves. In the United States, between 100,000 and 1 million people use American Sign Language.
However, the device does not translate British Sign Language which is used by about 151,000 adults in the United Kingdom.