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Talk to the Hand

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Upcoming missions to the moon may include as many as 30 people at a time. Since having such a large group talking on a single voice channel is impractical, how can they more efficiently communicate? Naval scientists in San Diego are exploring answers to that challenge with special gloves that contain -- in each hand -- six of the feedback devices now being used in wireless remotes for the Wii video game system! The research has many potential Earthly applications. "By using icons they become universal," explains Emily Medina, an engineer at the Navy's Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center in San Diego, California. "We're able to communicate with people who don't speak English. We're able to communicate with people who are perhaps deaf and need American Sign Language. All of a sudden the language barrier is cast aside."
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Communications technology
Sign language
Engineering

 

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    A state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Robert Meyer Foundation
  • The Stephens Foundation
  • Wells Fargo Foundation
e-Learning for Educators/ APT Learn Online
  • Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
  • U.S. Department of Education
STEM Education Initiative
  • Ann & Alfred F. Delchamps, Jr. Charitable Fund
  • BBVA Compass Bank
  • Beverly and Gary Cooper Charitable Fund
  • Community Foundation of South Alabama
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
General Educational Support
  • Alabama Department of Human Resources
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama
  • Books-A-Million
  • Honda Manufacturing of Alabama
  • Publix
  • Wells Fargo
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  • Alabama Power
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  • Children's of Alabama
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  • US Space & Rocket Center
American Graduate
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Southern Education Desk
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting