A team of engineers at the University of Antwerp in Belgium has developed a 3D-printed robotic arm that can act as a sign language translator for deaf people.
Sign language interpreters are often in short supply, and so this research team set out to develop a low cost automated system.
“A deaf person who needs to appear in court, or to follow a lesson in a classroom somewhere. Often an interpreter is not readily available. This is where a low-cost option can offer a solution,” says Erwin Smet, a robotics teacher.
“I was talking to friends about the shortage of sign language interpreters in Belgium. We wanted to do something about it.” says Stijn Huys, another engineer involved in the project.
So that it could be widely adopted, the team used affordable and easily sourced materials to 3D-print a robotic hand.