Enable Talk Project: Gesture-to-Speech Technology
A group of talented Ukrainian students may have uncovered a radical way for speech-impaired people to be fully understood with the help of Enable Talk.
The team QuadSquad, which comprises of Anton Stepanov, Anton Posternikov and Maxim Osika, has topped over 300 students from 75 countries to win Microsoft’s Imagine Cup with their Enable Talk. Their project aims to break down the language barrier between speech-impaired and able-bodied people.
Their invention translates hand gestures in to speech through a special glove connected to a chip which will then transmit data to the mobile device via Bluetooth.
Here’s a short video clip that demonstrates how Enable Talk works:
For now their focusing on getting this technology to smartphones, but if everything goes well for this project, we might also see Enable Talk on tablets in the future.
Another good thing about this invention is that it’s not brilliant, it is also cheap. Their prototype only costs $50 and is expected to go down to $20 once it’s mass produced.
I think everyone will agree that this is a really helpful breakthrough for our friends who have difficulty expressing themselves through words. Enable Talk, in our humble opinion, is still on its early stage and there’s still room for improvement. But weâ€™re hoping that, with the help of Microsoft, this technology reaches its full potential and be incorporated to the mobile devices of the future. Kudos to Team QuadSquad for their brilliant innovation!