People and Technology: Device That Can Hear What You Say Silently To Yourself

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People and Technology: Device That Can Hear What You Say Silently To Yourself

Story by G. Silas

Students from MIT have created prototype device dubbed “Alter Ego”, that can recognize the words you say silently talking to yourself ; and also takes action based on what it thinks you are saying. According to Arnav Kapur, a master student at the MIT media lab – a division of the mass chusetts institute of technology that focuses on the intersection of people and technology. And the author of the paper stresses that the device doesn’t read thought or the random, stray words that just happen to pass through your mind. You’re completely silent, but talking to yourself to yourself, “he says” it’s neither thinking nor speaking. The prototype system as it exists right now looks like a white headset a tele marketer might wear. But instead of a mic hovering in front of their lips, it sticks to the face and neck, where a handful of electrodes pick up the miniscule electrical signals generated by the subtle internal muscle motions that occur when you silently talk to yourself. The device connects via Bluetooth to a computer, which then communicates with a server that interprets the signals to determine what words the wearer is articulating.

The goal of all this? To further “combine human and computers, Kapur says the more tightly we interact with computers, the more we can take advantage of their strengths. Like quickly getting help with a math problem or a translation without having to lok up from your work and click, tap, or type. The Alter Ego also seems promising for people with disabilities. The technology is still in its early stages so each app only has the capacity to learn about 20 different words.

 

Source: by Rob Verge

Edited by Gloria Silas

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