Two University of Washington students have designed a glove that “translates” American sign language into speech. While this is not going to be the total communication answer for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, it is a start and quite ingenious. Of course different countries have different signing protocols and facial expression is also part of it. Many deaf people can successfully lip read if people take the trouble to speak clearly (not slowly) especially if they also get a bit of sound to go with it. So some two-way communication is possible. While it doesn’t solve the whole problem, it could turn out to be a great assistive device. See how it works on the video by going to their Facebook page. Or read about it in the Daily Mail.