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Gloves can translate sign language into speech

Posted at 6:02 AM, Apr 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-26 10:05:55-04

New high-tech gloves could change the way people who are deaf communicate with the world.

According to a Buzzfeed report, two college students have created gloves that can translate, in real time, American Sign Language into speech.

At this point, the gloves only know a few dozen words, but it could be a major breakthrough. Currently the gloves only exist as a prototype.

According to Gallaudet University, about two to four of every 1,000 people in the United States are "functionally deaf," though more than half became deaf relatively late in life.  

Fewer than 1 out of every 1,000 people in the United States became deaf before 18 years of age.