Back in the good ‘ole days before the internet and Yo and Meerkat and Snapchat, we had one way to talk to people in faraway lands: the telephone. But a microphone and speaker aren’t much use if you’re hearing impaired.
Artist Alex Solis adds cartoon mnemonic devices to the American Sign Language alphabet with his Signs & Doodles series. Little cartoon characters interact with each sign in the alphabet to help you remember the correct position of your fingers.
American Sign Language isn't a translation of English. It's a language with its own grammar and idioms. Sign language speakers also have their own accents. Learn how this language, like every other, undergoes regionalization and shifts in tone.
Proving its engineers are just as capable as anyone at developing a creepy human-like robot that embraces the Uncanny Valley, Toshiba has developed an android that specializes in sign language thanks to a pair of highly articulated hands. One day the company hopes it could serve as an artificial receptionist, but it's…
A student team working with Google has come up with 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.
Microsoft is using 3D cameras to detect and translate sign language to spoken language and vice versa—in real time. Watching this makes me want to have a Star Trek universal translator.
Hearing people take for granted our ability to convey scientific terms in conversation, from concepts as simple as weight and mass to chromosomes and covalent bonding. But for people who rely on sign languages, such as American Sign Language and British Sign Language, discussing scientific concepts isn't so simple.…
I'm not sure if this man has his cat well trained or this cat has its man well trained. Either way, this has learned an impressive trick: how to sign for its supper.
A byproduct of innovation and technology is that it makes once useful things obsolete. Laserdiscs, tape decks, AOL, Dreamcast and more have all been killed off with better technology. Could that happen to sign language? Some people think so.
Designed for children ages 2 and up, Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy is an illustrated, narrated storybook that reads to children on its own. Even better is that deaf children won't be left out, thanks to built-in sign language video.
It's not just your clumsy leg-kicks that Kinect will understand, with a newly-discovered patent showing that it's actually capable of understanding American Sign Language, or ASL. Is this another way to input text to the game? UPDATED.
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Attempts at making a glove into a communication device for the deaf have been going on for years now, but a group of undergraduate computer engineering students at Carnegie Melon have come up with what has to be the most practical design to date. The main difference being that it translates sign messages through a…