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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Sign to Speech Project - Gesture Recognition

The goal of the Sign to Speech project is to create a system that identifies human gestures in this case the single hand sign language alphabet and phrase “I Love You” utilizing a glove with bend gauge sensors and an accelerometer to capture the electronic characteristics patterns of each letter and the phrase. Both biologist and sociologist are working together to define “gestures” and the “encoded patterns of gestures. An overview of gesture recognition can be found at the following URL

A number of control memory and display devices have been designed based upon the following block diagram.

Figure 1: Block Diagram of Architecture for Gestural Control of Memory and Display.

Further research examined servo and robotic systems to conceptualize local control of mechanisms based upon the following block diagram.

Figure 2: Block Diagram of Architecture for Local Control of Actuated Mechanisms.

The issues that arise is the delination between gestures i.e., noting the start and ending points of each gesture. The translation to speech is somewhat straight forward by comparing the captured pattern to the letter or phrase and then performing the display of the text on a console monitor or through Apple’s PlainTalk or Say speech synthesis applications.


Apple Computer, Inc. (2008). Apple Speech Recognition.

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1 comment:

Dr C said...

Ed, there is a research project on this topic that would benefit from your expertise.

Let me know if you are interested. *cheers* I'll try to reach you through other channels as well.