“Neuroprosthesis” lets patients with speech paralysis talk


Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, created an intelligent spelling device that allows people with speech disorders to communicate.

They developed a spelling-based neuroprosthesis, a brain-computer interface (BCI) device that translates the brain signals into single letters and spells sentences on a screen.  The new technology can process over 1000 words, a significant upgrade to a previously developed version, with a limit of 50 words.  The device employs language modeling and deep learning to process the signals in real-time.  Eventually, sentences are created on the screen, and now anybody can read what the user wants to say.

For now, more research and trials with more participants are needed to confirm the effectiveness of the speech device.  However, the current experiment shows a promising approach for patients with speech disorders to speak their minds.  

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