Bialystok. Students at Akamite High School have created a prototype glove that translates sign language

It is enough for a deaf person to put a special glove on his hand, and the sensors mounted on it will collect data on the arrangement of individual fingers. The letters of the alphabet of the signs thus recognized will be displayed on the telephone thanks to the application. A prototype of such an invention was built by students of the University Secondary School of the Białystok University of Technology.

– I had the idea to build the glove after my mother (she is a police officer – editor’s note) told me about the intervention in which a deaf person took part – said Konrad Olifier, a second year student with a mathematics , physics and informatics profile at the academic secondary school, in front of the TVN24 camera General education at the Białystok University of Technology.

Although his mother was once trained in the basics of “signature”, understanding with a hearing impaired person was very difficult.

High school students invented the sensory sign language translatorPiotr Awramiuk / Białystok University of Technology

A glove with a battery of sensors

Konrad decided to do something about it. Together with Ewa Karp, Paweł Buczyński, Jakub Kokoszkiewicz and Michał Łukaszuk, they created a prototype of STJM, i.e. Sensory Sign Language Translator.

The invention takes the form of a glove with a series of sensors placed on it, which collect data on the position of individual fingers and the entire hand. Then the results are interpreted and converted into an alphabet of signs. When the glove recognizes the letters displayed, it sends them to the phone where they are displayed using an app written by the students. This allows for smooth communication between “blinkers” and those who don’t know sign language. The device can be used both for emergency services and for learning sign language.

It is planned to create a glove with which you can “flash” complete words

– In the student’s invention, communication is stable, consisting of flashing words after a letter – says team mentor Grzegorz Nowik, professor of physics, robotics and author’s subject “Internet of Things” .

Glove-mounted sensors collect data on the position of individual fingers and the entire handPiotr Awramiuk / Białystok University of Technology

Work on the prototype of the glove began in September 2021, during robotics courses given by Nowik.

– There are plans to build a second glove so you can flash complete words with two hands. The whole team is made up of second-graders, so we have a lot of time for this, but since I know them, the project will probably be finished right after the summer holidays – emphasizes Nowik.

Prizes in contests

In May, the students won first place in the national Young Innovator 2022 competition. They received awards and diplomas at a gala at the House of Technology NOT in Warsaw.

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The works of the winners of the first places will be presented in October at the international exhibition of inventions IWIS (International Warsaw Invention Show).

Work on the prototype began in September last yearPiotr Awramiuk / Białystok University of Technology

The sensory sign language translator also won first place in the freestyle category and received the 1st public prize at the international robotics tournament. The high school students were also winners of the El-Robo-Mech competition and qualified for the finals of the Technical Innovation and Inventiveness Olympics and the Explora competition, which will take place in the coming months.

Academic high school students also achieved other successes

– This project and several others created by students require financial resources – underlines Grzegorz Nowik, mentor of young inventors. – Parts, tools as well as trips to competitions and competitions cost money. In this regard, our school has been supported, among others, by the Diamond Discovery Association since its creation – he adds.

In 2018, a robot for special tasks built by students of a university high school, Zośka, won the international Robots Intellect competition in Kaunas. A year later, the brainwave robot reThink, after winning the Explora competition, represented Poland at Infomatrix in Romania. In 2020, HEXANID – a mechanical spider, was successful in domestic competitions, while the year 2021 belonged to the EV Wozduch vehicle, intended for air quality testing.

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Main photo source: Piotr Awramiuk / Białystok University of Technology

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