Soon, electronic gloves that turn hand gestures into speech using computer technology. A set of sensors in these gloves, made by students from Ukraine, including an accelerometer, compass, gyroscope and flex sensors in the fingers, translate movement into signals that a computer converts into speech. The person wearing the gloves draws a shape in the air and that information is transmitted to them via Bluetooth to a smartphone, which matches the shape up against a set stored in memory. A match produces a sound, Discovery News reported. The gloves were designed by Pasternikov Anton, Osika Maksim, Yasakov Valeriy and Stepanov Anton, students at the Donetsk branch of the "Step" Computer Academy. The project, called EnableTalk, was a winner of the software design category at Microsoft's Imagine Cup contest, where students from around the world showcase technology projects. However, there are some limitations. Firstly, the gestures stored in the computer are not yet sign language Sign language is as complex as any other language, and American Sign Language differs from its French or German counterpart. So far, the system can only read a dozen or so movements. Another challenge will be durability and usefulness. Most people, deaf or not, don't walk around wearing gloves all the time, and the problem is multiplied when one considers jobs that require using hands.Source: ANI << Urinary Protein Excretion Raises Diabetics' Heart Risks Researchers Identify New Antibody That can Treat Spinal Cor... >> Recommended Reading Hearing Aids Hearing aid is an electronic device that helps people with hearing loss to hear more and communicate more effectively. Only 1 out of 5 people benefit from a hearing aid. READ MORE Quiz on Hearing Loss A little difficulty in hearing is natural with the aging process but if the auditory damage occurs because of other reasons, it can be a cause for concern. Take this quiz to find out how much you know about hearing ... READ MORE Flexible “Smart Gloves” can Trick Brain by Stimulating Sense of Touch American nanoengineers have taken a major step towards the development of "smart gloves" by creating electronic fingers. READ MORE Hospitals Compromise on Hand Hygiene Because of Latex Gloves Gloves wearing healthcare workers compromise on cleaning their hands before and after patient contact, a recent study states. READ MORE Why Do We Wink? Winking is a non-verbal form of communication that involves the rapid closing and opening of one eye due to the sequential contraction/relaxation of the muscles in that eye. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia A-Z Drug Brands in India Find a Doctor Calculate Ideal Weight for Infants More News on: Why Do We Wink?