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Thursday, May 12, 2005

I'm Speechless

NASA is developing a subvocal speech system which would allow you to communicate without even saying anything.

How do you talk to someone without opening your mouth? Psychics call it telepathy. NASA refers to it as subvocal speech. Scientists at the NASA Ames Research Center in California have developed a system of tiny sensors that read nerve signals in the throat that control speech. You may not make a sound when, say, you read silently, but your nervous system is buzzing with activity. Recently, they used the system to make the first subvocal cell phone call.

There's a lot of applications that this would be used for. Private public phone calls, communicating in a noise-heavy environment, such as firefighting, and of course military applications.

Link (via BoingBoing)