"Trainable gloves that can interpret Filipino sign language and convert it into Speech."
As we all know Sign Language was the only way of communication for people with hearing disabilities and also for those with speech impairment and Sign Language have been a great help to those people. More than 100,000 deaf Filipinos are estimated to exist in the country. Some people may quickly learn and comprehend Sign Language, and with enough practice, they can master it, but this is not the case for everyone. People with hearing problems, while having sign language, find it difficult to interact with others outside of their family and friends since, despite having sign language, not everyone is able to learn it and understand it.
For their thesis project in July2021, a group of Filipino college students from the Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges developed “trainable gloves that can interpret Filipino sign language and convert it into speech.” A video posted on their Facebook page demonstrating how the gloves operated which received 98k views and 35k shares as of 2022. The gloves works by a motion tracking device, MPU-6050 which interprets the hand motions and finger positions. The data is then collected and transferred to a computer over Wi-Fi for processing and real-time translation. It is with great honor to say that their thesis was a great success, earning First place in Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges Center for Research and Development, 1st Place – Gawad Likha 2021 by Francis Anthony de Guzman, and 1st Place – Gawad Likha 2018 by Patrick de Guzman.
“This project gives voice to the deaf and speech-impaired people. With this, the communication barrier could be lessened allowing the deaf and speech-impaired people to express themselves and give them opportunities to grow in their respective careers,”. One member said.
Their project was aimed to give voice for the deaf community. After winning their thesis project, the college students withheld further information about their invention. In any case, we are happy since it was a source of pride for Filipinos and a glimpse into the future, which we hope will benefit a large number of persons with hearing and speech impairments. We can see how beneficial it will be if it is pursued in the future, and we hope that our government and business sectors will take the initiative to fund such innovations because it will not only benefit Filipinos but also boost our country’s dignity because we have the ability to innovate our technology here in the Philippines.