LOCATION: Bangalore, India
PROJECT LAUNCHED: 2012
PROJECT LEADS: RNS Institute of Technology
EPICS IN IEEE FUNDING: $1,790 USD
PROJECT OVERVIEW & UPDATES
An innovative sign-language translator developed with a grant from EPICS in IEEE also motivated one of the students who worked on the project to pursue his graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).
In 2012, IEEE Student Member Sharath Kalkur was one of four students at RNS Institute of Technology in Bangalore, India, who obtained a grant of US$1,305 to design an inexpensive portable device to translate basic American Sign Language into text and audio in real time. With high school students from Sri Aurobindo Memorial School, Sri Kumaran Public School and the RV Integrated School for the Hearing Impaired, the team devised a ground-breaking system that promises to bridge the communication gap between those unable to speak or hear with those who do.