Category: Limb Positioners

Sign Voice Language Translator

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---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To design a prototype communication device for an individual who is blind or has low vision and an individual who is deaf or hard of hearing to communicate with each other. As one individual cannot see sign gestures and the other cannot hear voices this makes communication between these two disability types very difficult. The Sign Voice Language Translator (SVLT) is a portable device that can translate sign language into speech and speech into displayed text. The SVLT is worn as a pendant that has a small cameral in the middle surrounded by a black LCD screen that displays text in small amounts around the camera. There is a microphone incorporated into the necklace holding the pendant, and an earbud that connects to the pendant and is placed in the ear a hearing user. When the individual with visual impairment speaks to the individual with hearing impairment, the device converts the voice into text on the display screen, and the individual who is hearing impaired can read the text on the LCD. Conversely, when the hearing impaired individual uses sign language to express a thought, the device converts the sign language, read through its camera, into speech so the individual with visual impairment can hear the meaning of the sign through the earbud. This device could also be used by a person without disability to communicate with an individual who uses sign language. TITLE: Blind and Deaf Communication. WEBSITE: Yanko Design. REF: http://www.yankodesign.com/2009/09/10/blind-and-deaf-communication.

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Sign Voice Language Translator