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AlterEgo Wearable Facilitates Internet Access Through 'Internal Vocalizations'

Anne Quito writes for Quartz about MIT Media Lab’s Arnav Kapur, who “conducted a live public demo of AlterEgo, his wearable device that allows users to access the internet or any computing device without typing or using our voice.” Kapur explained that it works “by picking up the user’s internal vocalizations—normally undetectable neuromuscular signals from the tongue and the back of the palate—and translating them to computer commands. Signals are transmitted through a ‘sticker,’ as Kapur describes the silicone device, worn along the user’s neck and jawline, and the answers are fed through an ear piece.”

Quito continues, “Kapur showed a brief clip of an ALS patient using AlterEgo to vocalize his thoughts. ‘The hope is to deploy it for people who desperately need it in terms of a clinical application, but we’re also thinking about everyone,’ Kapur said. ‘It’s about augmenting ability—we’re thinking about building a general-purpose device. We look at it as the next personal computer.’”

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