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Engineers at Germany’s Design Research Lab created the Mobile Lorm Glove to help people who are both deaf and blind communicate with other people via mobile technology. The nodes on the glove are pressure sensors used to translate Lorm, a tactile sign language, into text or speech. The glove also does reverse translation, with vibrating motors that deliver feedback patterns according to Lorm’s method of assigning letters to different parts of the palm.
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Willie Jones is an associate editor at IEEE Spectrum. In addition to editing and planning daily coverage, he manages several of Spectrum's newsletters and contributes regularly to the monthly Big Picture section that appears in the print edition.