The communication rift between the hearing and the deaf or hard of hearing just got a lot smaller. Navid Azodi and Thomas Pryor are the names of the students behind SignAloud gloves, a pair of gloves that actually translate sign language into text and verbal speech. This innovation earned the two men the $10,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize. The product uses bluetooth technology to help in translation, and right now only functions with American Sign Language. Future applications of these gloves may include monitoring stroke patients, and improved dexterity in virtual reality.
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