These Gloves Can Convert Sign Language Into Spoken Word


University of Washington sophomores Thomas Pryor and Navid Azodi demonstrate their “SignAloud” glove, which converts American Sign Language into written and spoken text. The invention won a 2016 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize.

Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.