Why waste all that energy talking on the phone when you can just think on the phone?
We reported on Ambient’s Audeo back in Sep. 2007. It is a device worn on the neck that reads signals sent to the recurrent laryngeal nerve, which controls the vocal cords. The Audeo was marketed then as a means to control a wheelchair by thinking about saying certain instructions.
Now the Audeo has been adapted for thought-to-speech purposes. It is hoped that those who are unable to communicate vocally, such as patients with ALS, will benefit. The device can recognize about 150 words and phrases. Hopefully the delay between “thinking about speaking” and actual speech production can be improved.
One needs to be thinking really hard to activate the device, so there’s no need to worry about the Audeo screaming out your opinion at that annoying boss who wears way too much cologne.
Read more here…
(Hat tip: Engadget)