A robotic hand that can translate words into sign language gestures for deaf people has been created by scientists.
Named Project Aslan, the 3D-printed hand costs as little as £400 ($560) to make and interprets both written text and spoken words.
The device communicates through ‘fingerspelling’, a type of sign language where words are spelled out letter-by-letter through separate gestures on a single hand.
The robot, which will be ready in five years, could one day be carried around in a rucksack, scientists say.
It could help some of the 70 million worldwide who are deaf or hard of hearing to communicate with people who don’t know sign language.
A prototype device works by translating text or speech through a computer, though it is hoped the final product will be portable for translations on-the-move.
The Belgian team behind the technology says the ultimate goal is to build a two-armed robot with an expressive face to convey the full complexity of the languages.
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