British Sign Language Recognition Using the Leap Motion Controller

  • Emma Jane Fearn University of Derby


Sign languages, like spoken languages, developed naturally out of groups of people interacting with each other. This is why there are so many variations of Sign Language being used by deaf people all over the world, all with their own unique grammars, dialects and individual traits.This is why Sign Language Recognition is such an important topic in the modern day world. With the ever evolving technology available to people today, it has become much more viable to create devices to assist the every day lives of those who are hard of hearing, or completely deaf.This dissertation explores a small but important portion of the Sign Language Recognition topic, one that hasn't been explored in much detail. British Sign Language recognition appears to be overlooked in both past and current academic studies surrounding the topic, but with BritishSign Language only having 31% of the signs identical and 44% signs similar to the widely researched American Sign language, leaving specific languages out of the research is not an option.This study will expand on existing research into the Leap Motion and the recognition techniques used alongside it. The Leap Motion was specically chosen for this project due to it being an affordable and portable device that could help change the lives of many people, not just in Englandbut all over the world.
How to Cite
FEARN, Emma Jane. British Sign Language Recognition Using the Leap Motion Controller. Discovery, Invention & Application, [S.l.], june 2017. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 06 dec. 2019.