There are many serious and futuristic uses of the Arduino platform, and an award-winning example of this has been created by young enthusiast Roman Kozak. His sign language translator sounds complex but in reality is somewhat simple. A glove is fitted with force-sensitive resistors, which allows the movement of each finger to generate a numeric value with the Arduino.
Then the combination of values can refer to a predetermined letter - and thus the translator is born. Roman has extended the project with an Android device app and connection to a PC for speech synthesis is also possible. Check out the following video for a demonstration:
Fantastic work, and we look forward to Roman's next efforts. In the meanwhile you can review this project including the code from the project website. And for more, we're on facebook, Google+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well.