The “Language of Glove” is a newly invented smart gadget that allows users to translate sign language into text wirelessly, or control objects in VR games. It’s practically a gadget out of a sci-fi movie. This “smart glove” may be soon available for consumer purchase for a super cheap price around $100.
In case you are wondering why a futuristic gadget would cost so little, the inventors have made the glove using electronically printable and stretchable material that is inexpensive to manufacture and assemble.
The glove is built using nine sensors installed on the thumb, knuckle area, and another finger. The sensors are made using a silicone variant. Copper tape and stainless steel thread is used to secure the sensors onto the glove. The back of the wrist area holds a custom-made circuit board that’s 3D printed. The inventors have made a point to steer clear of expensive material that is too costly to fabricate to keep the retail price down.
The glove is capable of translating all “letters” of the American Sign Language alphabet, which are hand gestures, into readable text. When the glove is bent or stretched, the sensors alter the electrical resistance. This allows the glove to code gestures into binary numbers computers can understand. The binary is then converted to letters humans can read.
The glove was invented by a team of researchers at University of California in San Diego. The smart glove has already demonstrated impressive capability in recognizing gestures. The inventors believe this will allow people to play VR games using the glove with intuitive gestures, rather than joysticks or keyboards.
The smart glove could potentially revolutionize gaming. But even more potential exists in the field of medicine. Doctors might be able to use the smart glove to simulate manual procedures with a higher degree of accuracy.