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  • jdtroughton

    Well. Here I read an excellent technical solution to some of the communication barrier between those who can and can't hear, when one party knows ASL. Victory for society, I thought.

    I find out, lo, that the article I've read is ignorant and offensive, and I squirm. I hoped I hadn't missed anything. And rereading it, besides the will to be hurt, I wasn't missing anything.

    Had I sought any opportunity to plant an indignant flag, I would have, and would find just as politically incorrect and article (when did that become a 'bad' thing?), where really, much more credit is due.

    There is no implication that ASL is a 'partial' language or a 'non-language' of pointing and miming, it's a just a creatively written article that doesn't follow a mass-willed sense of entitlement to specific nomenclature and reverences (that will shift with the times as a never-ending source of friction), about a very interesting piece of technology.

    If a sleek version of this could be made, and the gloves could speak, there could at least be one way communication happening. In fact, it may help ASL permeate the popular language in general, which I am all for. Having a developed spoken & signed language who do untold things for human communication.

    One love.

  • Arthur Magnusson

    You use terms "gesture" and "sign language" in the same article doesn't make sense. Gesture isn't a language. Sign language is a real language which has unique grammar, phoenetic, verbs, syntax, etc. Or maybe you meant these gloves are for hearing people who use gestures and for Deaf people who use sign languages? Hearing impaired is a derogatory word. Your dark thinking is a mirror to yourself and your inner child. If you're superior to us, then why does average of us have higher spatial skills, higher chance to dream in colors, wider peripheral visions, and richer retinas, and drive safer? Would you rather have us calling you "Deaf impaired"? Deaf word is perfectly fine with us as much as hearing word is to you.

  • gimp910

    This entire page is politically incorrect. First of all, "Sign language only partially provides the ability to communicate—only in limited circumstances and among a limited group of people," makes it sound like you don't consider ASL a language which it most certainly is which means it does in fact provide the ability to communicate, and since you're saying that about ASL, the Spanish or Mandarin or any other language other than our native language only partially provides the ability to communicate. Secondly, "Even something as habitual for the rest of us as shopping becomes problematic when a disabled person is confronted with a shop assistant who does not know sign language," the term of "disabled person" is politically incorrect. The correct way to talk about someone who is deaf is use the word Deaf because they are not disabled, they are just like any other human being, their Deafness makes them different therefore they are proud to be Deaf and capitalize the "d." The terms disabled or handicapped are considered offensive to the Deaf.

    • Arthur Magnusson

      I agree with you all the way. What set us apart from the disabled is the language. Btw, I've watched all of Star Trek which have met hundreds of alien species. Not one of them use sign language. I realized ignorant people like them probably view sign language as a language of a disability people, not realizing that it's an advanced and beautiful language.

  • DallahCesen

    Amazing and thoughtful.

  • Jeff Jones

    Break-thru Good! I see a Chess connection...

  • Adele Peters

    That's really fascinating. I can imagine it being used as an alternative to typing, too, because it's probably much faster. People who hear might be motivated to learn sign language so they could use it that way...