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RE: Interesting new assistive tech

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2002 11:29:19 -0500 (EST)
To: Gregg Vanderheiden <GV@TRACE.WISC.EDU>
cc: <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0202151126240.7302-100000@tux.w3.org>
There was a similar project a few years ago at Latrobe university to read a
glove... (there are different sign alphabets in different languages)

Actually there are a number of intersting projects in this area - I think the
most interesting are the ones that create signing avatars. The basic problem
is that there is no written form of sign languages (except things like signed
english - where english words are represented by sign language - not the same
thing, and I think not even internationalised across english-speaking
countries - the sign alphabets and languages used in Australia are very
different, like greek and french are different) so each project needs to work
on a way of solving that.



On Thu, 14 Feb 2002, Gregg Vanderheiden wrote:


  It just takes finger spelling movements and displays them as letters.
  So it lets you spell out words.      It doesn't detect or translate ASL.

  Could be very nifty as a keyboardless keyboard though for those who know
  finger-spelling and can communicate well by spelling out words.

  Could also be used for data entry.


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  From: w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org] On
  Behalf Of Cynthia Shelly
  Sent: Friday, February 08, 2002 2:55 PM
  To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
  Subject: Interesting new assistive tech

  A New York Times article about a new device that translates ASL into
  text.  It's not in production yet (a high school kid invented it), but
  sounds really cool.

  Here's the article.  Requires a free subscription to NYT online.


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