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November 20 2012

Stroke victim 'talks' again with help of speaking glove

Bill Broad, 73, from Sheffield, suffered a stroke in 2010 leaving him unable to speak, forcing him to spell out words on an alphabet chart when trying to communicate with his daughter Keeley Bellamy.

But now the former miner and athletics coach is first to be testing a new technology that can translate hand gestures into speech.

Sensors fitted into a leather glove he wears on his left hand can detect his hand movements, converting them into a synthesised voice. It has allowed him to tell his family when he is hungry or thirsty, to ask the time and to say “thank you”.

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