Robotic hand can read sign language

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The first part of a plan to build a sign language interpreter has been unveiled in Antwerp. The robotic hand, that can turn text into gestures, prints the translation in 3D. If the team succeeds, they aim to create an entire robot that can read sign language and has an expressive face. The University of Antwerp’s Sign Language Actuating Node, known as Project Aslan, has a team of engineers working towards minimising the communication barriers between the deaf and the hearing. The hand can spell out ‘ASLAN’ and it is hoped, once complete, will be able to recognise more complex…

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