Talk with your NOSE: 16-year-old invents gadget that translates breaths into Morse code to help disabled people communicate
- Indian Arsh Shah Dilbaghi has unveiled a device that converts nose breaths into speech
- The innovative project is an entry in Google’s 2014 Science Fair
- It works using a tube to measure two lengths of breaths – dots and dashes – in Morse code
- These are then sent to a synthesiser and spoken aloud by one of nine voices
- A second mode lets the user ‘speak’ in commands or phrases
- Dilbaghi says the device could be used by sufferers of Parkinson’s, ALS and other conditions to more easily communicate
According To Dailymail Indian Arsh Shah Dilbaghi has unveiled a device that converts nose breaths into speech (shown). The innovative project is an entry in Google’s 2014 Science Fair. It works using a tube to measure two lengths of breaths – dots and dashes – in Morse code
He says that 1.4 per cent of the world’s population suffer from disorders that make regular communication all but impossible.
In addition he says current devices are expensive and bulky, and do not offer a suitable alternative to regular speech.
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WHAT IS THE GOOGLE SCIENCE FAIR??h3>
- The Google Science Fair is a global online science and technology competition for individuals and teams aged 13 to 18.
Participants must formulate a hypothesis, perform an experiment and then present their results.
Dilbagi is one of 15 teenagers in the 2014 Google Science Fair finals.
His idea was to make a gadget that was affordable, faster, portable and generic.
It works by recognising two distinguishing exhales from a person in Morse code – a short burst and a slightly longer one.
This mimics the action of dots and dashes in Morse code.
The breaths are recorded by a tube that attaches under a person’s nose and into an external device.
Inside the device the bursts of air are converted into words and sentences, and then read aloud by one of nine synthesised voices.
Talk also has a second mode, which lets the user speak in specific commands or phases.
In future I would like to add auto-predictions to my Computing-Engine and integrate Talk with modern technology like Google Glass to make the world a better place to live [for] people with developmental disabilities.’
The winning project in Google’s Science Fair will receive a 10-day tip to the Galapagos Islands, £30,000 ($50,000) in scholarship funding and a visit to Virgin Galactic’s Spaceport in the Mojave Desert.
The Morse code breaths are sent to a synthesiser and spoken aloud by one of nine voices. A second mode lets the user speak in commands or phrases. Dilbaghi says the device could be used by sufferers of Parkinson’s, ALS (such as Professor Hawking, shown above in 2008) and other conditions to more easily communicate..
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