An overview of the glove. Image credit: Timothy O'ConnorAn overview of the glove. Image credit: Timothy O'ConnorResearchers from the University of California, San Diego, have developed a glove outfitted with wearable electronics capable of translating the American Sign Language alphabet and wirelessly transmitting the text to display on electronic devices.

Detailed in the journal PloS ONE, the glove contains nine flexible strain sensors that detect knuckle articulation with a high level of accuracy. The wearable sensors, according to the researchers, improve upon current methods for tracking human body movement by using less power and by being less expensive.

Applications for the glove include virtual reality, telesurgery, piloting aerial drones or controlling bomb diffusing robots.