New robot arm translates words into sign language

Aug 28, 2017, 8:30 AM EDT
(Source: Bert Heymans/flickr)
(Source: Bert Heymans/flickr)

Given the humble count of sign language interpreters across the world, researchers at the University of Antwerp have devised a robotic arm that can translate spoken words into sign language including finger spelling and counting.

The 3D-printed arm, which took about 139 hours to print, aims to plug the communication gaps between hearing and deaf communities, writes Design Boom.

Antwerp’s Sign Language Actuating Node (ASLAN) isn’t aimed at replacing human interpreters but to provide an assistive, low-cost option to over 70 million people globally who use sign language, notes International Business Times.