Imagine a technology that can take your imagined speech and translate your brain signals into synthesized speech of that same word or sentence. This is beyond speech recognition, this is more like thought recognition. Is this is the next emerging technology? Digital Trends brought this interesting topic to our attention in their article, “Amazing new headset translates thoughts into speech for vocally impaired wearers.”

Researchers at the University of Bath’s Center for Accountable, Transparent and Responsible Artificial Intelligence have been working on this potentially game-changing project – creating personalized synthetic voices for those who have impaired speech or entirely lost the ability to speak as a result of neurodegenerative conditions like Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

Synthetic voice for people with potentially debilitating conditions like MND is not new, they have been around for years. Stephen Hawking communicated using a synthesized computer voice, created for him by a Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineer. Later, when Hawking lost the use of his hands, he switched to a system that detected his facial movement.

Melody K. Smith

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