Computational Arts student wins Saudi innovation & entrepreneurship prize

MA Computational Arts student Hadeel Ayoub has won an Innovation & Entrepreneurship Prize for Saudi Students in the UK.

Her prize-winning project, the Sign Language Glove, uses flex sensors to ‘translate’ the hand and finger positions used in sign language into alphabet characters on an LED display.

As well as winning the £1000 bronze medal prize, Hadeel was approached to present her innovation at the Innovation Leaders Conference at Cambridge Judge Business School and the Arab Innovation Network Annual Conference  in Jordan.

She was also approached by Evolvys Venture Builders, a technology network that identifies innovations and helps to bring them to the market. The CEO, Dr. Evolves Oudrhiri (one of the competition judges) offered Hadeel some of their microchips to incorporate into the next prototype of the sign language glove.

“I got the idea for the sign language with arduino project while I was working on a photo editing software which allows the user to control image pixels and has the freedom to input letters as pixels. I thought to substitute the keyboard input with interactive sign language using flex sensors and an arduino. 

“For the flex sensors for the fingers I used an accelerometer to detect hand orientation. For aesthetic reasons, I replaced the microcontroller from arduino uno to the sewable lily pad so I could hide it within the glove fabric. I also got some conductive thread to patch things up without breaking the circuit.

“Finally, instead of the serial monitor (and again for aesthetic purposes), I got an LED 4-digit-numerical display screen to display the letters. I still haven’t decided if my device should be wireless but if so, I will also attach an external battery power supply and a bluetooth module.”

(Text adapted from Hadeel Ayoub’s Sign Language Glove project blog)