MIT researchers unveiled AlterEgo, a head mounted wearable that is capable of reading the "words in your head." After being calibrated, the device was able to correctly read commands with an accuracy of 92 %. The device measures subvocalization through neuromuscular signals, and sends them to a computer that runs them through neural networks to turn those signals into words. Its potential future uses include enabling voice and hands free communicating with computers, mobile devices, and AI assistants.
AlterEgo also has bone conduction capabilities which allows the device to deliver audio without external noise ensuring a fully silent system (input and output). The system was created with the intention of building an "intelligence augmentation device" that would meld human and machine more closely allowing technology to feel like a more personal extension of our cognition.
The system has been used to ask for the time, navigate a Roku and report chess moves made by an opponent in order to get the correct counter move from a computer.
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