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Mankind has always tried to breakdown the language barriers around the world. For the beginning we’ve had interpreters, and now we have advanced dictionaries and language courses. Lately we have even seen artificial translators that instantly tell us what a person speaking a foreign language is saying with the help of a synthetic voice and some clever coding. Well, it seems we are not quite finished yet. Humanity will keep pushing the boundaries for what is possible within the technology field, and as a result, we’ll eventually manage to breakdown the language barriers completely. But there is one language that has been extra hard to implement in this overall mission and that is sign language.

How can we possibly make technology translate signs into speech? Several attempts have been made throughout the years, and with each attempt we see greater possibilities and new solutions. Recently the EnableTalk concept (developed by a team in Donetsk, Ukraine) was announced, and it is something of a mind twister really. With the help of features like touch and flex sensors, a gyro, compass and accelerometer to monitor hand movement, a pair of gloves will translate what is signed into speech. This way, the speech impaired or deaf will never again have to write what he or she wants to say on notes to everyone who doesn’t know how to sign.

It’s not the first time this has been attempted, but it is certainly the greatest leap in this technology. It is a huge breakthrough that will certainly have a massive impact on how sign language is perceived. Next time you get a tap on your shoulder and find a person trying to sign a question to you, don’t be surprised if you hear a voice coming from somewhere other than his or her mouth. This is a technology that I want to keep a close eye on. It’s yet another groundbreaking turn in the history of how humans communicate.

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Author: Richard Darell

Richard Darell is the founder and CEO of Bit Rebels, a multifaceted online news outlet that reports daily on the latest developments in technology, social media, design and everything geek. Today this media entity welcomes more than 2.5 million unique visitors per month and is considered the go to place for people in constant motion. As an Internet entrepreneur, he is dedicated to constantly trying to develop new ways to bring content faster and closer to the end user in a more streamlined way. His excitement for statistics has allowed him to further develop systems that continuously produce accurate and fast-paced analytics to better optimize the approach by which Bit Rebels presents news and content. His graphic design background has proven to be an important tool when designing new systems and features for Bit Rebels since the development of solid and stable code depends entirely on their structure and implemented procedures. Richard currently resides in Stockholm, Sweden and directs the Bit Rebels offices in both Stockholm and Atlanta. You can reach Richard at richard@bitrebels.com

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