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Scientists develop device to turn breaths into words


By NewsGram Staff Writer

London: A team of Scientists from London, which includes an Indian doctor, has developed a machine which can help patients with severe paralysis by analyzing and interpreting their breathing patterns.

The prototype analyses changes in breathing patterns and converts ‘breath signals’ into words using pattern recognition software and an analogue-to-digital converter.

A speech synthesizer then reads the words aloud.

credits: bbc

The device can transform the lives of millions of sufferers of severe paralysis and loss of speech, researchers said.
“This device could transform the way people with severe muscular weakness or other speech disorders communicate,” said Atul Gaur, consultant anesthetist at Glenfield Hospital, England.

“In an intensive care setting, the technology has the potential to be used to make an early diagnosis of locked-in syndrome (LIS), by allowing patients, including those on ventilators, to communicate effectively by breathing — an almost effortless act,” Gaur added.

Co-researchers David Kerr and Kaddour Bouazza-Marouf from Loughborough University said the device learns from its user, building up its knowledge as it goes.

It allows the user to control how he or she wishes to communicate “effectively enabling them to create their own language by varying the speed of their breathing”.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Apple To Release Dual Display Device Soon

Illustrations associated with the patent application explicitly detail that one screen is an OLED display while the other is an LCD screen

Apple got lukewarm response for iPhone X. Pixabay
Parents can even track the activities of their children. Pixabay
  • Apple now has the patent for ‘dual display’
  • It will allow users to have a double screen on single device
  • The technology is certainly very clever

Apple has been granted a patent for “dual display” that can potentially allow a future MacBook or iPad to use the second screen in place of a keyboard, media reports said.

“The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted the tech giant a patent titled ‘dual display equipment with enhanced visibility and suppressed reflections’,” Apple Insider reported late on Tuesday.

Apple  gets patent for dual display device. VOA
Apple gets patent for the dual display device. VOA

The documentation for the patent outlines a device that would use the second display as a dynamic keyboard.

The patent also describes the use of polarizers to help minimise reflections from the two screens onto each other which is a clever addition to solve that problem should the Cupertino-headquartered actually look to build this as a real device, according to The Verge.

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Notably, the documentation makes it clear that the implementation is not intended as an accessory that would allow two iPads to be paired together, with one serving as the keyboard.

Out of two screens one will be LED and other OLED. Pixabay
Out of two screens, one will be LED and other OLED. Pixabay

Illustrations associated with the patent application explicitly detail that one screen is an OLED display while the other is an LCD screen. IANS

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