Cool Kinect move: Reading sign language in real time

A prototype software interface shows how the Kinect tracks sign language.

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Screenshot by Christopher MacManus/CNET)

Earlier this week at Microsoft’s DemoFest in Redmond, Wash., the company’s research arm showed off an incredible union of technologies that could finally usher in an inexpensive solution for people who want to communicate with a computer through sign language.
Dreamed up by researchers with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Microsoft Research Asia, the system involves the use of a Kinect camera sensor, Bing’s translation services, and some recognition software…

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