"KINECT", A New Sign Language Translator Developed By Microsoft
- In a collaboration with researchers in China, Microsoft has developed a new cost-effective sign language translator (KINECT) that can convert sign language into spoken words by a computer and also do the reverse.
- This translator uses a computer and a Kinect Motion Control camera.
- Here Data are being captured by the using of the Kinect motion control camera usually attached to its Xbox 360 console, that recognizes signing gestures, then gives a spoken and written translation of languages for people who can hear.
- Starting in February 2012, with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a running 18 months of development, the Kinect translator can now recognize 370 of the most popular words in Chinese Sign Language, and American Sign Language.
- Microsoft Research program manager Wu Guobin said, “I think it’s been great. In a year and half, we have already developed the system prototype”.
- Microsoft is currently still working on improving the language recognition technology, and needs to expand the vocabulary of sign language the system recognizes.