This amazing device will help you to "talk" to a computer without words
Technology are becoming more plunges, and here we are ready to articulate the text, if only it was not public. Researchers at the MIT Media Lab have come up with the perfect device for you. It looks like a mask Bane, crossed with an octopus. Or, if you remember the movie "Aliens", reminiscent of the monster that grabs your head before you in one`s jaw.
The researchers presented their work at the International Conference of intelligent user interfaces (yes, this happens) in March in Tokyo.
It works like this. When you think about the words they quietly passed unnoticed in your mouth, pouring into your mouth. Or, more precisely, the signals are transmitted to muscles that control your mouth. These signals do not remain undetected for sensitive computer.
Scientists have named the device AlterEgo. Around the mouth seven electrodes are arranged which pick up desired signals. Data picked up from the electrodes in several rounds of processing, before transmitted wirelessly by the device, which is awaiting instructions nearby. Also included are transcranial headphones so that the device can respond.
The researchers have tested their prototype on several people who trained the software to recognize the data corresponding to the various commands ( "Call", "answer", "add"), and then another few, to understand how well the system works. The results have been promising, but the device is not quite ready to enter mass production.
The closest comparison to this system - a device that can be accessed using ordinary speech like Siri and Alexa. But that terrible, this is not the first time scientists have created a direct way to transfer our thoughts computers. Most of the early versions relied directly on the brain signals (and the electrodes are superimposed on or implanted directly into the brain, which is not very convenient).
According to scientists, in AlterEgo has the following advantages:
- It is not invasive
- It is 92% accurate (approximately Siri or Alexa level)
- It is portable (and cute)
- In contrast to the direct-reading brain signals, it can not read your personal thoughts (except those that you quietly whisper to themselves)
In some situations, this device can certainly be helpful. Certain movements can tell your phone play music, open a calculator or write a message to a friend. It can help you manage your "smart home", to switch off the oven or turn on the coffee machine. In ten years it will be possible to type a single power of thought. It is perfect for people with mobility or vision.
But. There is a big but. There are several things that can jeopardize the ideality AlterEgo. Electrodes can not be moved when a person uses them, or read all turn to ashes. It is hard to imagine that a person will be comfortable to wear such a device on half his face. And there is no information about how the system will behave in the real world - it's scientists have yet to be verified. And, of course, there is the problem of superimposed signals, when thoughts are confused, and the device has already perceives and develops them. And if you crack the device? Who will speak on your behalf, then?
Scary to think.