Communication comes in several different forms. When you talk with your friends that is communication. When you hug a loved one, which is also another form of communicating with others. These are just two examples but it clearly shows the two distinct types of communication – verbal and non-verbal communication. You use sounds and words to express your thoughts and ideas in verbal communication. While other forms of communication that lack the use of words and sounds can be classified as non-verbal communication.
To have a better understanding of how we communicate, most especially through our hand gestures, a team of scientists from Singapore-based Nanyang Technological University has set out to do research on that.
Their research, which was published in Nature Electronics, detailed how they employed a new technique to gather more significant and accurate data. Instead of going with traditional robotics, they opted for new technology – an elastic, skintight sensor for their experiments to capture hand gestures.
These pieces of information are important for they give other researchers of artificial intelligence (AI) a better understanding of the technology.
However, the resulting AI from the Singaporean researchers has still got a long way ahead in deciphering what we mean with our hand gestures. But they found out that the AI at least knows what some basic gestures’ meanings are and was able to conduct a simple task during the research’ trial run.
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