The Enable Talk project conducted by four Ukrainian students aims at translating sign language into speech, by combining a pair of gloves and a smartphone that gets the gestures (by Bluetooth), recognizes the signs, translates them to text using the Microsoft Bing API and pronounces the words.
Here is a presentation of the project:
Even if it’s still in early prototyping stage and probably lacking funds, this great innovation probably creates STS (Sign-To-Speech)!
In this case, the sign language is universal and well defined, so there is no issue around gesture recognition. The gloves target deaf or dumb persons that probably already know this language. But I’m convinced that wearing gloves and making pre-defined movements – even if these movements require a bit of learning – is one of the few replacement devices for current traditional controllers. Certainly richer than wands ;-D