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­C3M Programs a Humanoid Robot to Communicate in Sign Language

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The TEO robot signing the letter "e".

Carlos III University of Madrid researchers have programmed a humanoid robot to communicate in sign language.


Researchers at Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M) in Spain have programmed a humanoid robot, named TEO, to communicate in sign language.

The team used simulations to indicate the specific position of each phalanx (finger bone) in depicting specific signs from Spanish Sign Language.

The researchers then reproduced each position with the robot’s hand, trying to make the movements similar to those a human hand would make.

To date, TEO has mastered the fingerspelling alphabet of sign language, as well as a very basic vocabulary related to household tasks.

Said UC3M researcher Jennifer J. Gago, "The deaf people who have been in contact with the robot have reported 80% satisfaction, so the response has been very positive."

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