New technologies and innovations have paved a way to better and easy lifestyle. Scientists have designed a wireless smart glove that can convert the sign language or set of actions into the manuscript thus displaying it on a smartphone or laptop. Moreover, this cheaper glove can even control various objects in games designed with virtual reality concept. This smart glove is also called as ‘The Language of Glove’ that was manufactured with the cost of just $100.
The glove is quite user-friendly, effortless to manufacture as well as easily available in the market. It is capable of converting all 26 American alphabets into a textual format.
Construction of the smart glove:
The glove consists of nine sensors that can be spread over the individual’s lumps thereby analyzing each movement of the user that represent the alphabets of American Sign Language. A small system is situated at the rear end of the gloves that acts as an input to take in the input actions as well as output to communicate the translated data via Bluetooth to the laptop or palmtop in the form of text.
The device is made up of leather whereas the thread that interconnects each sensor between the fingers to the low-slung electric circuit board is made up of stainless steel. Coding of actions into letters takes place immediately when bending or stretching changes the resistivity of sensors.
The relaxed or stretched position of the projection of slump is allocated the value as ‘0′ while the bowed or bent position as ‘1′. During translating process, the low-slanged electric circuit plays an important role. It enables the glove to generate a 9-digit binary code. Further, the code is converted into textual signals and later transmitted to the mobile phones or laptops via Bluetooth in text format.
According to Timothy O’Connor, a Ph.D. student, the project cost is not too high. Moreover, we made use of printable material that makes it even cheaper, O’Connor added.