Saturday, January 2, 2010

Talking Brains

This is truly awesome! (HT Research Blogging). gfish at World of Weird Things blogs about a voice synthesizer that literally turns thought into speech!  This 21st Century is going to be amazing.  Money Quote:

By matching the frequencies being generated in the cortex, the software tries to predict the phrases that the patients wants to say and via a synthesizer, says them out loud. The process can take as little as 50 milliseconds, about the same amount of time it takes an average person to do exactly the same thing with his or her mouth.

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