Every once in a while, a project so cool comes along that it completely blows my mind that this is what people are doing out there with SparkFun parts. Like this one, from Kendall Lowrey and a group of students at Carnegie Mellon University.
If you're looking at this and thinking, "Sweet! Nintendo Power Glove!," you're actually not too far off. This glove is indeed powerful - but because it is an American Sign Language to American English translation glove. It uses flex sensors, an accelerometer, a SparkFun VoiceBox shield, other electronic bits and pieces, and some very clever programming to convert sign language into readable text and audible sounds! Unlike previous versions of a similar glove, this one outputs sound and can recognize gestures. You can read all the technical info at this website.
This is a great project with a very noble purpose behind it! Props to Kendall Lowrey, Allen Ambulo, Andrew S.D. Tsai, Michelle Lin, Sherry Huang, Eric Wideburg, and their professors Dr. Zapanta and Dr. Antaki. Outstanding work!