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This Device Translates Sign Language In Real Time

After seeing a frustrated interaction between a cop and a hearing-impaired teen, Mohamed Elwazer decided to invent a solution.

Illustration by Tyler Hoehne

Once in high school, Mohamed Elwazer was waiting for his train on an empty metro platform in Egypt when he overheard someone yelling in frustration.

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Smart Glove: Voice Recognition for Sign Language Users

A sensor-equipped glove that translates gestures into audible words could be a game-changer for the speech and hearing-impaired.

Voice-recognition has transformed our smart phones into personal assistants—a remarkable feat—but these benefits have thus far left out millions of people with speech or hearing impairments who rely on sign language. There exists no comparable way for computers to capture and act on a dialect of gestures. Until now.

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