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Sign language, in which words and sentences are mainly represented by hand gestures, is an important means of communication for hearing-impaired people.
This paper describes a new sign language translation system which can translate between Japanese sign language and spoken or written Japanese.
In this system, hand gestures are entered into a computer using a glove-based sensing device. The gestures are then recognized and translated into Japanese speech.
Conversely, Japanese speech is recognized and translated into sign language expressing in three-dimensional computer graphic animations of sign language gestures.