Glove That Translates Sign Language
Last spring I took an intensive sign language course, I love languages and I learned so much about the thinking mechanisms and challenges faced to acquire it. I would come home and "talk" to my family with signs! I was so proud of what I was learning .
Today I had the opportunity to communicate with a young man using sign language. Did he talk fast! It was so hard to keep up with him but I managed to tell him my name, ask his name and get his e-mail address give him mine in order to get him in touch with people that can help him learn more. I noticed people staring at us with amazement.
I really wished I had one of theses gloves then. I seemed to have forgotten everything I had learned.
Communication is a challenge that electrical engineers are now helping the hearing impaired overcome, with an electronic glove that turns American Sign Language gestures into text.
"What it does is detects the position of the fingers and the position of the hand so it translates positions of fingers into letters," says Josý Hernandez-Rebollar, an electrical engineer at George Washington University in Washington.
The glove, called Acceleglove, has sensors that send signals from movements of the hand and fingers to a computer. The computer finds the correct word or letter associated with the hand movement and displays the text on the screen. Vinopol says: "It's important to have technology because it's an equalizer. It allows deaf people to function as their maximum within society."
Be strong.........help others with love
3rd L.S.M (Mexican Sign Language) Course
I just finished the course given by Miss Josefina Carballo Burquez who lost her hearing when she was 2 years old due to meningitis and an overdose of the medication prescribed for it. She practically learned the language by herself and formed the first association in the state to help people with language disabilities. An awesome woman!
Language is defined as the use by human beings of voice sounds and often written symbols representing these sounds in organized combinations in order to express and communicate thoughts and feelings. I would add signs to this definition of language, it is also defined as a system of words formed from such combinations and patterns used by people of a particular country or by a group of people with a shared history or set of traditions.
Josefina Carballo learned most of the language in an autodidact manner, due to the lack of L.S.M teachers and programs for hearing disability in the state. She has contributed to educate hundreds of children, which reminds me of the effect of a teacher in one's life.