Kinect might allow ASL to be translated in near future.

From Fars News Agency: Members of the team demonstrated their system at the DemoFest portion of the conference, showcasing software that has been developed for the Kinect that successfully translates American Sign Language (ASL) into text.

Researchers Using Kinect to Allow Deaf People to Communicate Via Computer
Fars News Agency
While teaching a computer system to recognize and translate hand gestures to text might seem unnecessary—people that are deaf or hard of hearing can simply type words and sentences using a keyboard and read those typed to them—those that are 
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