20 year old Ukrainian inventor’s “smart glove” translates sign language into speech

by MediaTOR / Open Media Hub
December 11, 2018
This article originally appeared in EUROMAIDAN PRESS

20 year old Ukrainian inventor's smart glove translates sign language to speech

This invention gives a “voice” for sign language, translating gestures into speech and so bridging the communication gap between hearing impaired and full hearing people.

20-year-old student of the Ternopil National Technical University Tamara Voshchylo developed a glove which facilitates the communication with people having speech and hearing impairments. The inventor spent for the first prototype only UAH 200 (about $7). Her teacher Andrii Nedoshytko created an app for the glove to work.

The glove connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth. A microcontroller reads data from the sensors on the fingers and processes the input.  Each gesture has an assigned number. The software processes the number from the input and translates it into the corresponding voice phrase related to the number in the database storage. Custom gestures are also programmable.

“It was in my third year of college when we embarked on the coursework. I pictured it thinking of the coursework as to sit down, write a paper, and turn it in, and that’s it. And here the teacher says that we should make a working model so that it was all functioning. And we were invited to Lviv for a Google’s scientific festival.  After that we upscaled efforts to complete the project and made such a glove. We have sensors, which were developed independently, here we have jacks, a board, several modules, which are the sensors facilitating its work,” explains Tamara.

The inventor hopes that her glove will make the lives of many people much more comfortable. She sees it useful for people with temporary speech disabilities as well.