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Scientists develop device to turn breaths into words

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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.

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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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Google Releases ‘Go Edition’ of Android 9 Pie

Google launched Android 9 Pie earlier in August that uses AI to predict how users would like to experience their devices.

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Android 9 Pie (Go edition) launched for entry-level phones.(VOA)

Google has rolled out a “Go Edition” of its recently launched Artificial Intelligence (AI)-packed Android 9 Pie with additional storage, faster boot time, better security and more to bring improvements to entry-level phones.

The “Go edition” brings a fully redesigned set of Google apps, which are specifically built to serve the needs of first-time smartphone owners.

“Along with an additional 500MB storage, Android 9 Pie (Go Edition) also comes with features like verified boot and an accessible dashboard for tracking and monitoring data consumption,” Sagar Kamdar, Director of Product Management, Android wrote in a blog post on Wednesday.

“We welcomed our first wave of Android (Go edition) phones this April, and now there are more than 200 devices available in 120+ countries including India, South Africa, U.S., Nigeria and Brazil,” Kamdar added.

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Android Pie is now available on Google’s Pixel phones and the Essential Phone followed by Motorola, which plans to ship Pie to many of its flagships this fall.

“A core part of these apps include unique features, like free downloading in YouTube Go, that aren’t found in the classic app,” Kamdar added.

Google launched Android 9 Pie earlier in August that uses AI to predict how users would like to experience their devices while offering a smoother navigation system and features like “Adaptive Battery” which learns the apps users use most and prioritises battery for them.

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Devices that participated in the P Beta programme — Sony Mobile, Xiaomi, HMD Global, Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus and all other qualifying Android One devices — would receive this update by the end of this year. (IANS)

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