One of Samsung's latest patent applications published by the US Patent & Trademark Office last week is certainly a bit of a strange one for Samsung. Samsung has invented a wearable robot glove that could be worn by a user to record or teach a motion, including a motion such as sign language. A user who wishes to learn sign language may easily do so with such a wearable computer. While the invention applies to anyone wanting to learn sign language, Samsung also notes that it could be of great assistance to those with disabilities and poor eyesight. Those individuals who can't watch a video to learn about sign language could still quickly learn sign language with this glove.
Wearable Computers of the Third Kind
While Google Glass will be making its way to market in 2012, Samsung has decided to take wearable computers to another level of human interaction. Although it has a rather limited market, it's one that will be most appreciated by anyone who wishes to communicate with their disabled employees and/or family members using sign language.
According to Samsung's patent filing, their invention covers a wearable robot by which a user may learn motions such as sign language, and a teaching method of a motion using the same.
One of the key attributes of the wearable computer is that it includes a voice recognition apparatus to recognize the voice of a user as an input command. The command is then translated to move the fingers of the glove to communicate that which you just spoke.
What Samsung needs to complete this invention however, is a camera built into the glove that is able to record the sign language responses by the person you're trying to communicate with so that an audible response could be heard aloud. Yet, if anything, Samsung has to be given credit here for at least attempting to get the ball rolling on a device that has a lot of potential.
Samsung filed their patent application under serial number 758467 back in Q1 2013 in the US and a year earlier in Korea. Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product to market is unknown at this time.
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