Audeo has just demonstrated their subvocal speech input device in a new context; a neckband that translates thought into speech by interpreting signals sent from the brain to the vocal chords. Audeo used it in their Thinking Man's Wheelchair for quadraplegics demonstrated last September.
The device does not provide unlimited translation; it is able to respond with about 150 basic words and phrases. It is anticipated that the device will offer unlimited vocabulary by the end of the year, through recognition of speech phonemes (see video).
This technology could also make our involuntary participation in the cell phone conversations of a million strangers obsolete.
See a video of the Audeo device controlling a wheelchair. Story via Nerve-tapping neckband used in 'telepathic' chat (opens in new tab). Thanks to Winchell Chung for contributing this item.
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