Sign Language Ring translates gestures, voice to audio and text

Credit: Red Dot

There's probably nothing more frustrating than the experience of trying to communicate with someone who doesn't speak your language. For the hearing impaired, that's undoubtedly something of a daily reality, since most people do not know sign language, making it tough to let others know what they need or what they're trying to say.

Those days of fruitless gesturing might just be over with the introduction of the Sign Language Ring, a wearable translating device that detects motion and gestures, and translates them into words, which are then emitted through voice by the bracelet. The bracelet can conversely translate spoken words into its readable display panel for the wearer to read, making it easy to talk naturally in everyday social situations.

The Sign Language Ring consists of six gesture-detecting finger rings that can be snapped and stored on the bracelet itself. The user can custom program his/her own gestures to a specific word if desired, since gesturing movement styles can vary between individuals.

As a wearable translator, the Sign Language Ring has a sleek, discreet and even a fashionable appearance: the entire body is jet-black, with the speaker box and readable display seamlessly wrapped around the curvature of the bracelet and periwinkle blue stripes detailing the rings. The design was originally inspired by the look of Buddhist prayer beads, though its translation powers probably answer more prayers than those ever could.

Red-dot, via technabob

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