We receive several calls each year from people who are deaf, inquiring about new technology that would help them communicate with hearing people who do not know sign language. Many want an electronic, portable sign-language interpreter, so they do not always have to rely on an actual person who is a sign language interpreter. Taiwan YingMi Technology just introduced a new device that sounds promising.
According to Cnet and Engadget, YingMi Tech debuted the S-Gloves at the Computex 2017 event in Taipei last week. The gloves can translate sign language input to a smartphone app via a Bluetooth connection. The app then would translate the input into text for the hearing person to view on a mobile device. Currently, these gloves are not available for purchase as of yet.
Gloves similar to these have been debuted before with the latest being last year in the United States at Washington State University and 2012 in Televiv. However, none are currently available for purchase in any language. I am very hopeful that someday soon someone will bring this technology to fruition with an affordable American Sign Language version as well as other languages.