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SLANG — Sign Language Assistance and Navigation Glove
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58 SERVO 12.2012
By Ionut-Gabriel Farcas and Radu-Florin Florea
The need for communication is always increasing. Although communication and socializing through spoken and written language are the most
commonly used methods, the need for
other means — such as signs or visual
elements — has caught up and people are
adapting and finding new ways of “talking”
to each other.
So what could we students at the Faculty
of Automation and Computer Science from
the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca do to
aid in this new trend? SLANG!
The idea for SLANG — Sign Language
Assistance and Navigation Glove — came to
us when we were handed the sign language
alphabet while we were enjoying a cup of
coffee with some friends at a local restaurant.
We took a look at it and thought "This is
possible! We can make a glove that can
translate these signs into letters that anyone
can read and understand!" Before taking any
action, we decided to complicate it and make
it a universal controller.
We knew this would be a challenge for
us; a test of our engineering skills. After
clearly defining our idea, we presented our
idea to Digilent Romania and entered their
2012 Design Contest.