Researchers at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) have come up with a smart glove that can translate the American Sign Language (ASL) into text. The wireless device also incorporates a virtual hand that can re-create sign language gestures.

UCSD engineers have dubbed the device "The Language of the Glove," and it was built for less than $100. Printable and stretchable electronics were one of the keys to the design -- chiefly because they are low-cost, commercially available, and a snap to put together.

Researchers are also developing the smart glove for other purposes, such as technical training, telesurgery, and defense.

Timothy O’Connor, a nanoengineering Ph.D. student at UCSD and the first author of the study, said in a press release, “Gesture recognition is just one demonstration of this glove’s capabilities. Our ultimate goal is to make this a smart glove that in the future will allow people to use their hands in virtual reality, which is much more intuitive than using a joystick and other existing controllers.”

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