Signs for COMPUTER
Meaning: An electronic machine that can store and work with large amounts of information; personal computer.
Several variations of the signs for "personal computer" emerged in the 1980s. Some signs are still used today and some became obsolete.
The ASL sign for "computer" above is the most commonly used. Formal citation.
An informal or casual version or register of the sign above.
This one was one of the earliest signs and eventually became obsolete (if not entirely).
Also one of the earliest ASL signs. It may be still used by some signers in some regions.
Another one of the earliest signs. This visual onomatopeoia resembles the oldest form of computer which was quite large and non-portable.
[Note: ASL writing is not an official standard. This sign language writing remains in a state of open space to allow room for experiment, evolution, and improvement.]
The digit shows the hand moving on the lower arm (which is different from the video that the hand moves on the upper arm). Variation.
The old type of a huge computer.
ASL digit written contributed by the ASLwrite community, 2017.