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“Lorm” Glove Allows Deaf-Blind People to Text With Their Thumbs

“Lorm” Glove Allows Deaf-Blind People to Text With Their Thumbs

“Lorm” Glove Allows Deaf-Blind People to Text With Their Thumbs (And Fingers and Palms Too)

Communication and translation device for deafblind persons

The Mobile Lorm Glove is a mobile communication and translation device for deafblind persons. The glove translates the hand-touch alphabet “Lorm”, a common form of communication used by people with both hearing and sight impairment, into text and vice versa.

Textile pressure sensors located on the palm of the glove enable the deafblind user to “lorm” onto his or her own hand to compose text messages. A Bluetooth connection transmits the data from the glove to the user’s handheld device. It is then automatically forwarded to the receiver’s handheld device in the form of an SMS. If the wearer of the Mobile Lorm Glove receives a text message, the message will be forwarded via Bluetooth from his/her handheld device to the glove. Initiated by small vibration motors located on the back of the glove, tactile feedback patterns allow the wearer to perceive incoming messages.

The Mobile Lorm Glove provides particularly two innovative ways of communication for deafblind people. It supports mobile communication over distance, e.g. text message, chat or e-mail, and it enables parallel one-to-many communication, which is especially helpful in school and other learning contexts. With this newly developed technology and interaction, it will soon become possible to also „feel” E-Books or Audiobooks. The Mobile Lorm Glove functions as a simultaneous translator and makes communicating with others without knowledge of “Lorm” possible. As a result, it empowers deafblind people to engage with a wider social world and further enhances their independence.

The next step of our research will be to prepare the implementation of direct speech input and output.

Background

The Mobile Lorm Glove is part of the project “DESIGNABILITIES – Disability-inspired Interaction”, which in a larger research scheme focuses on perspectives for Interaction Design in terms of an enhancement of Information-Communication-Technologies and Human-Computer-Interaction, by transferring properties from “disability” contexts (e.g. deaf/blind communication) into general contexts of communication (e.g. localisation in loud or crowded environments via gesture-based or tactile info transfer).

External Partners: Allgemeiner Blinden- und Sehbehindertenverein Berlin (ABSV) + Oberlinhaus Potsdam

Marginalized communities like deaf-blind people are excluded from several forms of communication. This paper introduces a novel system of interaction to support deafblind people’s communication and therefore enhance their independence. We introduce the Mobile Lorm Glove: a mobile communication and translation device for the deafblind. The glove translates the hand-touch alphabet Lorm, a common form of communication used by people with both hearing and sight impairment, into text and vice versa. We will present a hardware prototype, created in a participatory design process, which enables the deaf-blind user to compose messages via fabric pressure sensors placed on the palm of the glove to be transmitted as an SMS to the receiver’s handheld. Initiated by small vibrating motors located on the back of the glove, tactile feedback patterns allow the wearer to perceive incoming messages. We discuss related work, prototype design and interaction design and application scenarios. We conclude with an outlook into further research.

For people who are both deaf and blind, communicating with other people can pose an interesting challenge. Usually, this is done using tactile methods, such as signing onto the palm of another person’s hand. But what happens if a blind and deaf person needs to communicate with someone that’s not immediately next to them, or they want to utilize technologies such as text messaging and email?

The Design Research Lab in Germany has developed the Mobile Lorm Glove, a special glove that will help facilitate high-tech communication for deaf-blind people. The concept is simple, yet effective: the palm of the glove is covered with tactile pressure sensors in which the user composes a message using the Lorm Deafblind Manual Alphabet, a universal language for the deaf-blind that involves touching and sweeping various parts of the hand to correspond with letters of the alphabet. As the message is composed, a built-in Bluetooth antenna sends the message to the user’s phone, from where it can be sent to a recipient in the usual ways.

However, since communication should be a two-way street, the Mobile Lorm Glove can also receive messages via Bluetooth, which are sent to a number of vibration motors on the back of the glove for the user to decode using the Lorm alphabet. In this manner, users can communicate with other Mobile Lorm Glove users, as well as anyone else with a phone. Besides being a communication device, the Mobile Lorm Glove could also change the ways that deaf-blind people can learn, as any digital medium, such as e-books or audiobooks, can be “felt” by the user.

Source : http://www.design-research-lab.org/?projects=mobile-lorm-glove

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