Kinect Sees Experimental Use as ASL Tool
>Researchers at Georgia Tech College of Computing are working such a project. They've taken the Kinect and coupled it with custom software, CopyCat. The prior, pre-Kinect version required the users to wear colored gloves with 3-axis accelerometers.
The new system performed very accurately. In a series of increasingly more difficult tests, the software returned results with 100 percent accuracy, 99.98 percent accuracy, and 98.8 percent accuracy.
the team will be working on updates including a larger vocabulary which necessitates the need of "hand shape features." The initial proof-of-concept demo launched with a small vocabulary that excluded them in favor of broader gestural movements with the arms and body.It's clear that the four-fold increase in Kinect accuracy that Microsoft is rumored to be working on could be very useful in this effort.
Watch a video on the project below.