A set of rings and bracelet might help the hearing impaired communicate more easily with others.
A set of rings and bracelet might help the hearing impaired communicate more easily with others. Sign language is the gold standard form of communication among these individuals. However, most people do not understand sign language, and are often alienated by this barrier. Thankfully, a group of designers from Asian University have conceptualized The Sign Language Ring, which utilizes 6 rings on the hands of the hearing impaired. Worn on the thumb, pointer, and middle finger of each hand, the rings then translate hand movements into spoken words, via the bracelet. The bracelet can also recognize and transcribe speech from others, which is then viewable by the wearer. The rings are also able to understand customized movements for faster communication. When not in use, the rings can be stored in the bracelet.
Cao Zu-Wei, Hu Ya-Chun, Huang Ching-Lan, Liao Po-Yang, Tsai Yu-Chi, and Yang Yi-Hsien from Asia University came up with the concept, which made them one of the winners of the 2013 Red Dot Design Award. The designers say that inspiration for the Sign Language Ring concept came from Buddhist prayer beads.