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Folks who are deafblind traditionally focus on physical contact to communicate and use a verbose form of signing called Lorm. In an attempt to facilitate fast, casual conversation, and general mobility, researchers at Berlin’s Design Research Lab built the Mobile Lorm Glove to facilitate two-way digital communication. The wearer is able to trace Lorm across the surface of the glove and its pressure sensitive fabric translates the message to text, which is then sent via bluetooth to a smartphone. An array of tiny motors on the back of the glove spell out the return message, thus closing the loop. [via PSFK]

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