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This Wearable Device Understands Unspoken Words

Sara Rice, Social Media Intern, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)

Researchers at MIT have developed a different kind of wearable device that is capable of understanding our unspoken words. The system uses a combination of hardware and computing system that can transcribe unspoken words, or what we say in our heads.

The device, called AlterEgo, works by picking up neuromuscular signals in your jaw and face through electrodes. It measures internal verbalizations and a machine learning system then uses the signals and analyzes the data, leading to associations between specific signals and words. The device can also communicate with the user by transmitting vibrations through a special pair of headphones.

Researchers are still testing the accuracy of the device and collecting more data, but they hope it could be used in the future to help people with disabilities or for communications in high-noise environments. Watch the video below to learn more: