Picture of the robotic fingerspelling hand

Robotic Fingerspelling Hand for Communicating with Deaf-Blind People

Headed by Dr. Deborah Gilden, the RERC has repeatedly sponsored university student projects to develop a robotic fingerspelling hand to communicate with deaf-blind people. The most recent team of three seniors at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo has designed and fabricated the hand shown here with their poster describing the project.


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    Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center

    The Center's research goal is to develop and apply new scientific knowledge and practical, cost-effective devices to better understand and address the real-world problems of blind, visually impaired, and deaf-blind consumers

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  • Photo of Deborah Gilden

    Gilden Lab

    The Gilden Lab conducts research and other activities to acquire new information, create new, devices and develop new strategies to improve the lives of people with low vision or no vision.

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Project Members

Al Lotze