Coyoty (coyoty) wrote,

Machine converts thoughts to speech.

Researchers at Boston University, Harvard, and other contributing colleges have developed a "Neuralynx System" that translates neural activity into phonemes.  About five years ago, they implanted three electrodes into a 21-year-old patient who is almost totally paralyzed, except for his eyes, and over three years his brain grew neural connections with them, creating a brain-computer interface.  Over the past two years, they've had him trying to say vowels, and have been training the interface to match the neural activity of the intended vowel attempt with the actual vowel in computer memory, with the current reaction time being about 50 milliseconds.  Once the vowels are mastered, they will move onto consonents, and then putting them together into words.
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