College Students Win $10,000 Prize for Gloves that Translate Sign Language

Two 20-year-olds whose friendship started in a college technology lab are getting national recognition for an invention that could revolutionize communication.

Last month, University of Washington sophomores Navid Azodi and Thomas Pryor won the 2016 Lemelson-MIT student prize for creating “SignAloud” — gloves that recognize the hand gestures of American Sign Language and translate it into text and speech.