Topic: Kinect can read sign language
The patent for Microsoft's motion-sensing camera Kinect was released to the public last week, and it seems that the device could recognise sign language. Thanks to Kinect's ability to track hand and arm gestures, it can understand somebody signing at it in American Sign Language, and then convert it to either text or spoken word. Would that not be great. That would make text input through sign language possible and maybe also text output?
We will have to wait for it because Microsoft announced that they will file the patent but are not planning to use it in the next marketed version of Kinect. The reason for that is the downgrading of the camera unit. The current camera can not see the seperate limbs. But the patent shows the enthousiasm of Microsoft to use Kinect in other markets besides games and to have Kinect help in communication.
How about that?
More information: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Pars … 0100199228
(sorry about the long URL)