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    • CommentAuthorAnopheles
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2008
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    'Telepathic' vocalization via neckband signal...

    http://technology.newscientist.com/article/dn13449-nervetapping-neckband-allows-telepathic-chat.html
    • CommentAuthorRoss
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2008
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    It looks... Silly.

    Then again, I've been against cell phones from the start. When I want a private conversation over the phone, I either speak quietly, or have it at home.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2008
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    I'm wondering if there will be any backlash from the deaf/ASL community regarding this.
    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2008
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    With those collars, truly becoming slaves to the phone...? As to the actual market on these things, outside of aiding the disabled, it'd probably be very limited. The first are white collar execs that get all the gadgets us gadget lovers can't afford who then proceed to not get it to work and toss it in the pile of other tech too advanced for them. And the other would be the military, particularly anything covert ops(ala Metal Gear Solid's Codec system). Since it'll probably going to have a bluetooth hookup so it could pair with and interact with your computer, I could also imagine the tinkerers going nuts with it I suppose.

    @RenThing - Why would there be backlash? These guys are looking to improve their quality of life through something entirely optional.
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    I think that's a fantastic idea - if the words could be translated to a computer voice, surely they could also be translated to text? You could write by thinking... how long before you could draw and paint by thought as well?

    I'm going to bed now... then the future will come quicker.
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    It looks... Silly.

    So did the first mobile phones.
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      CommentAuthorCDoring
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2008
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    This is the first functional sub-vocal device I've ever seen, personally. Which is a concept straight out of some of my favorite science fiction stories.

    So I think this is astounding and exciting as hell. I can think of at least a half dozen applications for a fully functional device and the proper training right off the top of my head. Private mobile communication, help for the disabled, defense applications, programming, dictation.

    Just the ability to easily record personal thoughts,in the moment,in complete privacy,makes this marketable if they can improve the tech. A Sub-Vocal Communication device.

    -CD
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2008 edited
     (1391.8)
    Poul Anderson pretty much foresaw this in his sf book Unman which I think was first published in the 50's or 60's. Pity he ddn't patent it.

    Just a thought - if you can convert muscle signals in the larynx into speech could you teach people with partial paralysis to generate speech using other muscles?
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      CommentAuthornigredo
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2008
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    This has a lot of potential. Tapping into the net using one of those? I'm there...
    • CommentAuthorAnopheles
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2008
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    One thought I had was what this technology could mean to the deaf/mute and people otherwise unable to speak. Since it seems to run off the signals to talk sent to the vocal cords, could it work for someone who has never really sent those signals, so the brain never formed such impulses? Would the signals sent by someone who has never talked actually be decipherable as speech by the processors? Or could someone train themselves to make the proper signals over time?

    Now, I am also interested in the article's mention of the wheelchair moved by mental impulses. There is some awesome potential just right around the corner.
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      CommentAuthorctanguis
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2008 edited
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    I was a little more interested in the "cyborg" moths "cyborg" moths...
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2008
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    So did the first mobile phones.


    I'm not sure about that...They look pretty bitchin' to me.



    I mean, they come in black AND silver! How cool it that?
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      CommentAuthorctanguis
    • CommentTimeMar 14th 2008
     (1391.13)
    It's almost as cool as this::
    my first cell phone
    that I drove back to school with in 1992. I was the only girl on campus with a cell phone at time. I really wish I had had one of those silver jobbies, though. So shiny!