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The hearing impaired gospel! 3D printing robot can translate text into sign language

DateTime: 2018-05-22
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According to the British "Daily Mail" report, the Belgian research team developed a robot for the hearing impaired. It can express words through sign language. This robot uses 3D printing technology, which greatly saves production costs and costs only US$560.


The requirement to make this robot is very low. You just need an entry-level 3D printer. Such a low threshold is undoubtedly a good news for hearing impaired people all over the world.

The hearing impaired gospel! 3D printing robot can translate text into sign language

The sign language mastered by robots is “finger spelling”—a sign language in which word letters are spelled one by one by different gestures of a single hand. The research team stated that the manipulator still needs to further improve its functions and it will take 4-5 years before it can be brought to market.

The hearing impaired gospel! 3D printing robot can translate text into sign language

The research team from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, stated that their ultimate goal is to create a facial expression-rich two-armed robot whose face helps convey complex language. Some of the hearing-impaired people do not understand sign language and therefore cannot communicate with others. Aslan robots can even be used to teach hearing impaired sign language.


The team used a special glove to teach robots to learn sign language gestures. The team is currently investigating how to recognize gestures and reverse translation via webcam.


The robot has 25 3D printed plastic components and is driven by 16 motors, 3 motor controllers, 1 microcomputer and several electronic components. The printing process for the plastic part of the robot takes 139 hours and the final assembly takes 10 hours.


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