Helping Hand

  • Location
    Lynwood, California
  • Status
  • Age Level
    Any Age

The Problem

Globally, around 1 million people use sign language to communicate with people on a daily basis. It is a necessary way of communication for those who are deaf and/or hard-of-hearing since they cannot learn English the same ways as us. They rely on hand movements and facial expressions to do the talking for them. The problem is, though, that not many people understand sign language. In fact less than 0.00003% of the global population understand sign language! This can make it extremely difficult for the deaf and hard-of-hearing to get help from those around them. There have been solutions to deal with this issue, but most of them are expensive, which makes it very difficult for the low-income community to get a hold of these solutions.

Our Plan

To deal with this issue, my group will try to create an inexpensive glove, controlled by an Arduino Uno, that can translate hand movements to speech so that the deaf and/or hard of hearing can easily communicate with those around them. It will consists of flex sensors, which gather the data on which sentence to output when they are bent, and an LCD, which outputs the sentences in the form of text.

Themes Addressed

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    Community Enhancement
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    Poverty & Equity

The Benefit

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