New inventions are making life better and easier for disabled people. Now, the speech impaired will no longer need interpreters to be present for doctor’s appointments and other meetings thanks to this sensor-equipped glove also know as HandTalk; which enable them to communicate more effectively. Developed by four computer engineering students of Carnegie Mellon University during their research project, the HandTalk is a device that specifically caters to deaf people to communicate with those who are not aware about the Sign Language.
The device uses a primitive language system. This glove can be worn by the deaf person on his/her palm. The different palm positions like a fist and extended fingers will be sensed by the glove through flexor pads and it transmits the data wirelessly via Bluetooth to a cell phone which runs a text to speech software. In this way, the person who doesn’t know the sign language can easily understand the words said by the deaf person in sign language. I think this amazing product will help to improve the communication barrier between deaf persons and people not familiar with the Sign language.