Through the Kinect, helpful innovations are popping out in order to make life easier for those who need it. The recent group to reap the benefits provided by the Kinect are those who make use of Sign Language. Developer Zahoor Zarfulla released this video of their Kinect American Sign Language Recognition at work. By detecting the skeletal framework of the user, the computer recognizes the hand gestures and translates them into text. In the video, detailed instructions of the tests and cases done are exhibited and the results are very promising. The accuracy rate of sign language recognition of the Kinect is high and with a user-made program and an affordable gadget, people who need to learn American Sign Language will be delighted with this alternative.
The programs used in order to develop the Kinect American Sign Language recognizer are as follows: Copycat Game, Georgia Tech Gesture Toolkit, Hidden Markov Model Toolkit OpenNI Framework and PrimeSense NITE middleware.
For more information about the project, visit the American Sign Language Youtube Page.