The concept is not new, but UCLA’s prototype gloves are more comfortable and much less bulky than other designs, the researchers say. Even better, the parts cost only about $ 50 and can lose even more with large-scale production, UCLA lecturer Jun Chen said Fast company.
It is still a prototype and must be faster and understand more characters to be practical. But after a few more years of development it can make deaf people easier to communicate. “Our hope is that this opens up an easy way for people who use sign language to communicate directly with non-signatories without needing anyone else to translate for them,”
Critics in the deaf community were not as impressed and say that deaf signatories already have tools to help them communicate. “It would be so much easier if the technology focused primarily on user-driven and user-centered design,” said the deaf postdoctoral researcher Gabrielle Hodge CNN. But it can also serve as an educational tool. “We hope it can help more people learn sign language themselves,” Chen said.