Another amazing piece of emerging technology came into public view a couple days ago. It falls into the category of wearable technology and has brought a WOW response when I have discussed this in my briefing. It is a pair of SMART gloves created by the innovative minds at UCLA. What makes these gloves so SMART? Well, it is the sensors that are in the fingers of the gloves. The position of the fingers is continuously monitored by the sensors and interpreted and then translated from sign language the position of the fingers represents into speech in real-time. Of course, leverages the smart phone for the delivery. Did that get a WOW out of you?
Think of the value the commercialization of this technological breakthrough brings with it. This substantially breaks down many of the challenges of communicating with the hearing impaired. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports there are 466 million people in the world with a disabling hearing loss. That represents over 5% of the world's population. Of that 466 million there are 34 million of these people who are children. They went on to project that if proper action is taken there will be nearly 630 million people with disabling hearing loss by 2030.
For more information please see the following link. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200629120201.htm