We see technology progressing rapidly in cool fields like virtual reality, social media and artificial intelligence but often neglect those who really need tech to make a difference in their lives.
SignFree aims to bridge the gap between the impaired and the general public by making it easier for everyone to communicate.
What it does
SignFree is a smart glove that is able to detect movements and gestures to translate sign language into speech or text.
How we built it
SignFree was built using a glove with embedded sensors to track finger patterns. The project relies on an Arduino board with a small logic circuit to detect which fingers are activated for each sign. This information is relayed over to a database and is collected by a script that converts this information into human speech.
Challenges we ran into
Coming up with the logic behind sensing different finger patterns was difficult and took some planning The speech API used on the web server was tricky to implement as well
Accomplishments that we are proud of
We feel our hack has real world potential and this is something we aimed to accomplish at this hackathon.
What we learned
Basic phrases in sign language. We used a bunch of new API's to get things working.
What's next for SignFree
More hackathons. More hardware. More fun