Gallery: Vibrating “Lorm” Glove Helps Deaf-Blind People Send Text Messages

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For people who are both deaf and blind, the hurdles in communicating with others can often lead to crippling social isolation. A new “smart” glove by Germany’s Design Research Lab, however, allows its wearer to compose and transmit messages to smartphones or other mobile devices. Based on a hand-touch language known as Lorm, which assigns letters of the alphabet to different parts of one’s palm, the glove includes textile pressure sensors that allow the user to “lorm” onto his or her own hand to compose a message, then transmit it to the intended recipient through the magic of Bluetooth.

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