Deaf People Don’t Need New Communication Tools — Everyone Else Does

Even if you don’t follow engineering news, you might have heard about the two University of Washington undergraduates who just won the Lemelson-MIT student prize. The video of their invention, gloves that they say can translate sign language into speech, has been popular on social media; as a Deaf person, I’ve had to watch as it worms its way through the Facebook walls of all of my hearing friends. They tag it with incredible claims: This technology will finally bridge a communication gap. It will revolutionize the lives of Deaf people. It…