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MIT Lab Develops Device That Can 'Speak To Voices Inside Your Head’

The device will also be able to talk directly back to the user.

 on 26th April 2018 @ 2.06pm
alterego uses electrodes to pick up on neuromuscular signals f © press
AlterEgo uses electrodes to pick up on neuromuscular signals f

Researchers at MIT Media Lab have developed their own device that can engage in conversations with voices inside your head.

The new AlterEgo device will enable users to “silently converse” with it, just by their own thoughts.

The device will also be able to talk directly back to the user.

AlterEgo uses electrodes to pick up on neuromuscular signals from the user's jaw and face which are triggered by internal verbalizations.

mit lab develops device that can  speak to voices inside your head   © press

Dezeen.com reports: These signals are then sent to a machine-learning system that has been trained to associate certain signals with certain words.

A pair of bone-conduction headphones included in the device transmits vibrations through the bones of the face to the inner ear.

As the headphones don’t obstruct the ear canal, this means the system can pass on information to the user without interrupting a conversation or interfering with the user’s aural experience.

By vocalising internally, the user can communicate with other devices, the internet, AI assistants or applications to receive certain information, or make commands.

The developers hope that this will fuse these digital interfaces into human personalities as a “second self.”

By vocalising internally, the user can communicate with other devices, the internet, AI assistants or applications to receive certain information, or make commands.

The developers hope that this will fuse these digital interfaces into human personalities as a “second self.”

“If I want to look something up that’s relevant to a conversation I’m having, I have to find my phone and type in the passcode and open an app and type in some search keyword, and the whole thing requires that I completely shift attention from my environment and the people that I’m with to the phone itself,” she continued.

For this reason, Maes and her students experimented with new technologies to develop something that would allow people to benefit from the information offered by these devices, but in a way that allows them to “remain in the present.”

AlterEgo is the latest concept to come out of MIT Media Lab – an interdisciplinary research laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, founded in 1985.

Some of the centre’s more recent projects include a range of “living jewellery” that roams across the body as a tiny personal assistant and a tattoo ink that changes colour according to varying glucose and pH levels inside the body.

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