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Digest of Papers. First International Symposium on Wearable Computers (1997)
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Oct. 13, 1997 to Oct. 14, 1997
ISBN: 0-8186-8192-6
pp: 130
Thad Starner , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Joshua Weaver , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Alex Pentland , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Modern wearable computer designs package workstation level performance in systems small enough to be worn as clothing. These machines enable technology to be brought where it is needed the most for the handicapped: everyday mobile environments. This paper describes a research effort to make a wearable computer that can recognize (with the possible goal of translating) sentence level American Sign Language (ASL) using only a baseball cap mounted camera for input. Current accuracy exceeds 97% per word on a 40 word lexicon.
sign language recognition, machine vision, wearable computing, deaf, pattern recognition, hidden Markov models

J. Weaver, A. Pentland and T. Starner, "A Wearable Computer Based American Sign Language Recognizer," Digest of Papers. First International Symposium on Wearable Computers(ISWC), Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, 1997, pp. 130.
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