“An immersive virtual environment for learning sign language mathematics” by Adamo-Villani, Carpenter and Arns

  • ©Nicoletta Adamo-Villani, Edward Carpenter, and Laura Arns

  • ©Nicoletta Adamo-Villani, Edward Carpenter, and Laura Arns

  • ©Nicoletta Adamo-Villani, Edward Carpenter, and Laura Arns

  • ©Nicoletta Adamo-Villani, Edward Carpenter, and Laura Arns

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    An immersive virtual environment for learning sign language mathematics

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    In this paper we describe the development of a new immersive 3D learning environment to increase mathematical skills of deaf children. The application teaches mathematical concepts and ASL (American Sign Language) math terminology through user interaction with fantasy 3D virtual signers and environments. The program can be displayed in immersive devices and includes a gesture control system comprised of a pair of pinch gloves and a 6-degrees-of-freedom wrist tracker.


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    This research is partially supported by the School of Technology at Purdue University (I3 grant – Proposal #00006585 – http://www2.tech.purdue.edu/cgt/I3/) and by the Envision Center for Data Perceptualization. We are grateful to all the signers who have participated in the evaluation of the signing animations, and to the Indiana School for the Deaf (ISD) which will provide the testing ground for a thorough assessment of the application in Fall 2006.


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