Sunday, April 17, 2005

Giving a Helping Hand

Barnes, P. (2003). Giving a helping hand. Tech Live Washington. Available at: http://www.g4tv.com/freshgear/features/42559/Giving_a_Helping_Hand.html


The above link takes you to an article describing a future technology not yet in production. Rebollar, a researcher at George Washington University, is in the process of designing gloves that have built in sensors that "read" the gestures of American Sign Language. It translates the gestures into written or spoken English. However, at this point in time it is only one hundred percent accurate on simple words and phrases. The article mentioned that it is a work in progress and they hope eventually it will be a complete translation system for American Sign Language to English for anyone wearing the gloves.

Although the article was gearing the use of the gloves toward use in medical emergencies or other areas of more critical needs, I could see it as a beneficial tool in assisting deaf and hard of hearing students with developing literacy. Students using the gloves would be able to see real time translation of ASL to written English. This allows them to have meaningful experience with the English language and immediately see the differences between what they are signing and how it is written in English. The gloves provide a way to make translation visible. Other software I have discussed in previous posts makes meaningful written communication available through real time typing (i.e. ENFI and Tele-Web), but use of the gloves would allow students to visually see the translation of ASL to English, and it could provide teachers with a mode of pointing out to students grammatical differences between the languages. Although I am sure the manufacturing of the gloves would be extremely expensive, it would be a nice "dream" for such a technology to be available to schools in the future (if it worked accurately of course).

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At 8:45 AM, Blogger Rachel K. said...

Any news on 'Helping Hand'? It is 2012 now - I can't find any software or device that has this. Would love to know!

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At 8:45 AM, Blogger Rachel K. said...

Helping Hands post - any progress since 2003??

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At 8:47 AM, Blogger Rachel K. said...

Any news on 'Helping Hand'? It is 2012 now - I can't find any software or device that has this. Would love to know!

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