For the Olin College Principles of Engineering course, our team wanted to create a project that would not only allow us to learn about subjects that are entirely new to us, but also to make something that had a meaningful contribution in people’s lives. We aim to create positive interaction between people who use American Sign Language (ASL) to commuincate and people who don't understand ASL. The glove interprets fingerspelling and prints onto a Bluetooth connected Android app to allow for seamless communication between two individuals. American Sign Language is said to be the 4th most used language in the United States yet most Americans have little to no experience with ASL and few can communicate or understand it well. Our goal is lessen this divide.
After a lot of research, we decided to create a glove that interprets the ASL alphabet, a one-handed alphabet used to quickly sign words. By using a variety of electronic materials including flex sensors, accelerometers, and an Android app conected with a Bluetooth reciever, we aim to create a glove that senses the motion of the hand of someone using fingerspelling and then interpret these letters into text so that other people can understand.
Make a glove for people who communicate using American Sign Language (ASL) that translates fingerspelling into text with ~70% accuracy. We would also like to be able to write complete sentences with the glove which requires a space "letter", not printing a letter more than once, and the ability to indicate a duplicated letter.
We would like to make a glove that translates fingerspelling with ~85% accuracy that is battery powered and wireless. Ideally, we would also like to have the glove remember the calibration setting for each individual user.